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04/05/2012

UNUSUALLY WARM WINTER HAS EXPERTS PREDICTING AN EARLY AND BRUTAL MOSQUITO SEASON

Arrow Exterminators Encourages Taking Immediate Precautions to Guard Against Potential Infestations

There are many things to look forward to with the coming of spring but mosquitoes are not among them - especially not this year. Experts across the region are predicting an early and especially fierce mosquito season due to the unseasonably warm winter we experienced and in many areas the infestations have already started.

"When we experience a mild winter like the one we just had, we don't see the typical reduction in pest populations," said Shay Runion, Arrow Pest Expert. "That combined with the early start they are getting in the reproduction process means a huge population." "Unfortunately with mosquitoes, not only do they breed quickly, they can also spread diseases such as West Nile Virus and Encephalitis."

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water - a bottle cap full is enough - and only take 10 to 14 days to develop from an egg into an adult. Always hungry, these pests will travel up to 14 miles for a meal and they are most known for the painful, itchy red bumps they leave behind on their victims.

To help homeowners prevent a mosquito infestation this year, Arrow Exterminators recommends the following simple, proactive measures:
• Eliminate sources of standing water such as children's wading pools, birdbaths and flower pots;
• Keep rain gutters cleaned out to prevent water from standing in drains;
• Cut back or get rid of unnecessary vegetation around the home where mosquitoes can breed and/or nest;
• When swimming pools aren't in use, keep them covered to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs;
• Remove water that has collected in tree holes and hollow stumps;
• Screen windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside homes; and
• Consider using yellow bug light bulbs in outdoor light fixtures - the bulbs reduce the number of flying insects around your home by emitting a soft yellow light that these pests can't see.