The Mosquito "Hunger Games" Are Coming to an Area Near You

- It is hard to believe that summer is just around the corner – especially since some areas of the country are still digging out of the snow.

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) reminds the public that regardless of what’s on the ground, the mosquitoes will soon be buzzing in the air, bringing with them health risks to those selected as their “tributes.”

Mosquito populations appear to be unusually low so far this year due to the country’s cold weather patterns and lower rainfall in the west in recent months.

In most parts of the country, mosquito populations usually stay at low levels until late April.

This year seems a bit different, with the colder temperatures keeping them in relative low numbers - so far.

“The extended winter in many areas will keep mosquito numbers low - but when conditions warm up – watch out!” said Joseph Conlon, AMCA Technical Advisor.

“The coming warmer weather will have an impact both on the amount of mosquitoes and how soon they become a problem.

We’d best be prepared to meet the threat so that it doesn’t get out of hand early on.”

Conlon expressed the importance of public action. AMCA promotes integrated, effective and sustainable mosquito control as the key to enhancing the public’s quality of life.

The general public can adopt safe mosquito control by following “the 3 Ds”:
Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week
Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus
Remember to clean out and drain rain gutters, tree holes, old buckets or tires - all make excellent spots for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

Encouraging your neighbors to also eliminate sources on their own property is critical to a community-wide control program. Mosquitoes require water to complete their life cycle.

If their water source is eliminated, so are their offspring

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