Mosquito Forecast and Tips

If you aren’t feeling the itch when out in the great outdoors yet, you will soon! Mosquitoes have made their appearance in Wisconsin, but thankfully not as aggressively as last spring (so far).

It has been predicted that the mosquito population may be lower this for the next month ahead due to dryer conditions, but June could hold a totally different story.  Steady rains, warm weather and sunny days make the perfect combo to bring about a growing mosquito population.

Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis and, of course, West Nile virus. Of the mosquito-borne diseases in the state of Wisconsin, West Nile virus is the most severe, with six human confirmed cases resulting in one death in 2014, according to the Department of Health and Human Services website.

{Signs of West Nile virus include common flu-like symptoms and in extreme cases, symptoms include high fever, head and body aches, worsening weakness, confusion and even coma}

Below are some chemical-free ideas that can aid in the reduction of mosquitoes:

  • Eliminate sources of standing water. Water is breeding ground for Mosquitoes. Areas you may not think of as a source: Birdbaths, grill covers, baby pools and flowerpots
  • Screen all windows and doors, patch any holes in screens
  • Minimize outdoor activity during dusk hours when Mosquito activity is highest
  • Wear long sleeves and pants
  • Use a fan at outdoor gatherings to keep Mosquitoes at bay

Safeway Pest Management offers options in Mosquito management, including our Three Tier Program. Call us to find out more at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net

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