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Mosquito Control Gears Up to Assist After Hurricane Harvey

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Mosquito Control Gears Up to Assist After Hurricane Harvey

Relief Efforts Control Mosquitoes

 

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ - September 6, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey has brought us horrific images of property destruction from the massive flooding. The widespread increase in standing water left in the storm’s wake is expected to produce epic numbers of mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit. “In the aftermath of severe and prolonged rains from Hurricane Harvey, the receding waters leave pools of standing water in new areas where they didn’t previously exist. Combined with the summer heat speeding reproduction, the result can be a drastic increase in mosquito populations,” says American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Technical Advisor Joe Conlon.

 

To make matters worse, even disaster relief efforts can be significantly hampered by the enormous increase in mosquito populations brought about by establishment of new sources of standing water.

 

Conlon says, “The trauma of families losing everything to flooding will be made even worse by mosquito-borne diseases likely to strike in the aftermath. The potential for a Zika or dengue outbreak in the wake of new container habitats in the form of debris left by receding floodwaters is very real and will require vast resources to prevent.”

 

Mosquito control districts and commercial mosquito control organizations countrywide have been marshaling resources to deploy to the area as the storm approached shore and will begin deploying them once the mosquito populations make their appearance.  In particular, the Air Force’s aerial spray unit, which employs C-130 aircraft capable of treating over 350,000 acres each night, can be made available to reduce mosquito populations over large areas if needed.

 

AMCA recommends the public to practice the “Three D’s” of mosquito prevention — Drain, Dress and Defend:

 

  • Drain:       Empty out containers at least once per week. Fill in low-lying areas.
  • Dress:       Wear long sleeves, long pants and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing

·         Defend:     Properly apply an EPA-registered repellent such as DEET, picardin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus

 About the American Mosquito Control Association

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is an international not-for-profit professional association. With more than 1,600 members worldwide, AMCA 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 www.mosquito.org and follow AMCA on Twitter @AMCAupdates. 

 

Contact: AMCA Technical Advisor Joseph Conlon l-904-215-9660 or email conlonamcata@gmail.com.