Public urged to take precautions against mosquitoes

Summer has only just begun, but several regions across the United States are reporting the mosquito season is already in full swing. ABC Home & Commercial Services, a pest management company servicing all of Houston and surrounding areas, encourages people to take preventative measures to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds around their property, and ultimately keep the mosquitoes from biting.

“Not only can mosquitoes leave a painful, itchy bite, but they are also known to spread dangerous diseases like West Nile virus to humans,” said Raleigh Jenkins, President at ABC. “With last year being the deadliest year on record for West Nile virus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it’s crucial for people to take precautions against another possible outbreak this summer.”

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, offers the following mosquito prevention tips:

Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects. Mosquitoes need only about ½ inch of water to breed.

Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole.

Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

If you must spend time outdoors during peak mosquito times, wear long pants, sleeves and socks. Also, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535.

Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.

“If homeowners are concerned about mosquito activity in their area, they should consider contacting a pest management company or the local mosquito abatement district for assistance,” added Jenkins.

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