"Typically, mosquito season ramps up in June and lasts through fall," said Greg Baumann, vice president of technical services and senior scientist for NPMA. "Due to moist weather conditions and the influx of foreclosed homes, we have seen an early start to mosquito season and anticipate increased mosquito populations as temperatures rise."
NPMA offers the following tips for homeowners seeking relief from mosquitoes this summer season:
- To avoid mosquito nesting and breeding sites, eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture in or around the home in flowerpots, water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, barrels, and other objects that can collect water even bottle tops.
- Keep windows and doors properly screened to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Be alert when outdoors during dawn, dusk and early evening hours when mosquito-biting activity can peak. Also, avoid areas near water where mosquitoes gather, especially during peak activity.
- Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
- Plan ahead for spending time outdoors and wear mosquito repellant with DEET as well as appropriate apparel such as long pants and long-sleeve shirts.