The AMCA offers mosquito control and prevention tips during Mosquito Awareness Week


MOUNT LAUREL, N.J–When those buggers are buzzing around,
making grilling, pool time and wiffle ball impossible, think prevention! Enjoy the
outdoors this summer and stop the spread of mosquito-borne illness by following tips
offered by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) to prevent mosquito
infestation and control an existing problem.

“In 2012, we witnessed a strong resurgence in cases of West Nile Virus, which had
declined somewhat in recent years after peaking in 2003,” said AMCA Technical
Advisor Joe Conlon. “To ensure the safety of family, friends and pets, it’s extremely
important to make sure you’re taking the proper steps: first, reducing mosquito breeding
through water management and source reduction, and second, reducing adult mosquito

Easy steps to take in any backyard include cleaning debris from rain gutters, filling drain
puddles and ditches, changing bird bath water once a week and checking for trapped
water in canvas or plastic tarps.

If a mosquito problem already exists, AMCA recommends controlling adult mosquitoes
through mosquito traps, space sprays and vegetation management. Mosquitoes can also
be kept out of the home by keeping windows, doors and porches tightly screened.
“Eliminating standing water is probably the most important thing to remember when
preventing or controlling mosquito problems. Keep it in the back of your mind during all
outdoor activities – even remember to irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent
water from standing for several days,” added Conlon.

AMCA reminds the public to practice the THREE D’s of mosquito prevention — Drain,
Dress and Defend:

  • 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, picardin, IR3535 , or oil of lemon-eucalyptus