Summer Weather Highlights Importance of Mosquito Control Efforts

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With the summer months approaching, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) reminds the public of the health risks associated with mosquitoes.

With the summer months approaching, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) reminds the public of the health risks associated with mosquitoes. Recent national weather phenomena are providing ideal conditions for mosquito breeding, with extensive mosquito habitat appearing at a moment’s notice.

The emergence and spread of West Nile virus may be the first in a series of exotic diseases continually being imported into the United States due to the worldwide increase in immigration, eco-tourism and international air travel. The AMCA recently commented on the outbreak of dengue fever cases in the Florida Keys; patients have also been diagnosed along the Texas-Mexico border.

“We already have the mosquitoes. We are continually importing the diseases they carry,” said Joseph Conlon, AMCA Technical Advisor. “We must be prepared to prevent their spread throughout our public health landscape – and this requires safe, effective, sustained mosquito control.”

As the potential increases for state, county and local budgetary shortfalls compromising organized mosquito control efforts across the country, personal protective measures will assume an even greater importance. Conlon shared how the general public can adopt mosquito control practices with “the 3 D’s”:

  •     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 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus

With Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 20-26, 2010) approaching, the AMCA stresses mosquito-borne diseases do not only affect humans – they also kill countless birds, reptiles, animals and endangered species each year. Awareness of these parasites – including canine heartworm, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Western Equine Encephalitis – is another important component of mosquito control the general public must embrace.

“Continued public support is crucial for the success of mosquito control efforts,” said Conlon. “We will all pay the price for complacency.”

About the American Mosquito Control Association
Celebrating 75 years of protecting public health in 2010, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is an international not-for-profit public service association. With 1,600 members worldwide, AMCA services are provided mainly to public agencies and their principal staff members engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities. The membership extends to more than 50 countries, and includes individuals and public agencies engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities. Please visit AMCA online at http://www.mosquito.org and follow AMCA on Twitter @AMCAupdates.

Contact:
Joseph M. Conlon
AMCA Technical Advisor
904-215-3008    
conlonamcata(at)gmail(dot)com

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