|[July 28, 2014]
Health Officials Continue to Warn Against the Spread of West Nile Virus
READING, Pa. --(Business Wire)--
The Rentokil family of pest control companies, (Ehrlich
Pest Control, Western
Exterminator, and Presto-X
Pest Control), understand the importance of preventing mosquito
bites. According to Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 30 states have
reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes.
Rentokil wants to educate the public about mosquito prevention to
protect themselves and their families against mosquito-borne diseases.
With recent reports on rainfall and an increase in U.S. temperatures,
mosquito populations are in abundance. Sometimes th most unexpected
sites could be an ideal breeding site for this pest. Water is crucial
for mosquito eggs to develop and hatch. By getting rid of water in
unwanted areas you can help to control the presence of new adult
"With the threat of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases,
it's important for people to take the necessary precautions to prevent
mosquito bites when spending time outdoors," said Nancy Troyano, PhD,
BCE (News - Alert), training manager/entomologist for Rentokil-North America. "And
equally important is for people to inspect their homes or businesses for
locations that can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes."
Rentokil offers the following tips for mosquito prevention:
Prevent mosquitoes indoors
Fans - Using box fans, floor fans on porch, patio or deck areas
can keep mosquitoes away since they are not strong fliers and cannot
fly against the current.
Fit fine mesh screens - Install these screens in your doorways
and windows to block off their access inside your home. Screens should
be bug tight or 18x18 strands per inch.
Prevent mosquitoes in the yard
Get rid of standing water - Empty water out of wheelbarrows,
empty flower pots, watering cans and from any other containers
(objects), where water can collect.
Keep lawns short - Ensure lawns are approximately 3 inches in
Investigate professional services - Mosquito barrier treatment
services can be used to reduce the amount of mosquitoes on your
property to decrease the odds of getting bitten by one.
Protect yourself against mosquitoes
Avoid outdoor activities during peak mosquito times - Peak
activity is at dusk and at dawn.
Wear light colored clothing - Mosquitoes are generally more
attracted to dark colors.
Use insect repellents - If you cannot avoid outdoor activities,
use insect repellents (sprays) to protect yourself. Always use
repellents with an EPA registration number.
About Rentokil North America
Rentokil North America is part of Rentokil Initial plc, one of the
world's largest and most diverse business service companies, operating
in 69 countries worldwide. Ehrlich Pest Control (www.jcehrlich.com),
Western Exterminator (www.westernexterminator.com),
and Presto-X Pest Control (www.prestox.com)
are part of the Rentokil family of pest control companies in North
America. They provide commercial and residential pest control,
bioremediation, bird control, vegetation management, deer repellent
services, wild-animal trapping and termite control in the U.S., Canada
[ InfoTech Spotlight's Homepage ]