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New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Eastern Shore of Maryland are experiencing one of its worst mosquito infestations in decades. A wet spring, rainy summer and flooding have left puddles of stagnant water all over the states, providing ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes, warn your local pest control professionals at Viking Pest Control. Homes left vacant by the housing crisis add to the problem. On these unmaintained properties, undisturbed accumulations of stagnant water provide breeding sites for mosquitoes while tall grass and untrimmed shrubbery provide these stinging insect with ample harborage.

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What Are the Dangers of Mosquitoes?

Carriers of West Nile virus, dengue fever, malaria, canine heartworm and other dangerous diseases, mosquitoes pose a serious risk, particularly during warm summer months when people spend more time outdoors. Last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1,000 cases of West Nile Virus were reported in the U.S. with even more expected this year due to the wet spring.

Appearing on NBC’s the Today Show last week, Missy Henriksen, Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), talked with Ann Curry about protecting yourself and your family from mosquitoes and other stinging insects. Henriksen offered the following NPMA tips for avoiding NJ mosquitoes and other unwelcome pests this summer.

How Can I Protect My Family and Property From Mosquitoes?

  • Eliminate standing water around your home. Drain puddles, replace water in birdbaths daily, empty children’s swimming pools and toys when not in use, drain excess water from flower pots, repair clogged gutters, drain discarded tires and tire swings.
  • The NPMA recommends also taking proactive measures to prevent water accumulation by drilling drain holes in the bottoms of trashcans and recycling bins.
  • Use insect repellent that contains either EPA-approved DEET or Picaridin. Henriksen said 30% DEET provides 5 hours of protection. Citronella candles and bug zappers help reduce mosquito populations but will not keep them from biting you.
  • Inspect and repair window and door screens.

Call Viking at 800-618-2847 to learn more about mosquito pest control and extermination services, or get a fast, free quote online today!

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