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08/30/2012

WEST NILE VIRUS REPORTED IN COBB COUNTY

Arrow Exterminators Encourages Taking Immediate Precautions to Guard against Potential Infestations of Mosquitoes

Cobb County public health officials have confirmed the first human cases of West Nile Virus this year in Georgia and Arrow Exterminators, a local pest and termite control company, is reaching out to educate the public about what they can do to control mosquito infestations and protect their families.

"Most people associate mosquito bites with the itchy red bumps they leave behind, but these pests also transmit West Nile Virus," said Shay Runion, Arrow Pest Expert. "We have seen an extraordinarily large mosquito population this year due to the mild winter we experienced," continues Runion, "mosquitoes breed very quickly in stagnant water only taking 10 to 14 days to develop from an egg into an adult."

To help homeowners protect their families and homes from 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 and properly draining away from the home;
• Cut back or remove unnecessary vegetation around the home where mosquitoes 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.
• Contact a local Pest Control Professional to see if they offer Mosquito Control Services for your property.