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Control Mosquito Infestation After the Storm
July 7, 2013

Hurricane season has already produced Tropical Storms Andrea and Barry this year–and mosquitoes have come along in the bargain. Along with destruction of property, these storms bring heavy rain and often flooding. This increase in standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

“In the aftermath of severe and prolonged rains from these large storms, the receding waters leave pools of standing water in new areas where they didn’t previously exist,” said AMCA Technical Advisor Joe Conlon. “Combined with the summer heat speeding reproduction, the result can be a drastic increase in mosquito populations.”

Before and after storms, AMCA recommends:

• Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.

• Fill in tree rot holes, hollow stumps and land depressions holding water.

• Store boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater weekly.

• Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris.

“Heavy rainfall and flooding conditions can result in bumper crops of both floodwater and container-breeding mosquitoes,” continued Conlon. “Homeowners can help mitigate these mosquito problems by taking steps prior to the storm to reduce areas where standing water might accumulate around the home.”

In addition to the aforementioned tips, 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 approved repellent such as DEET, picardin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

About the American Mosquito Control Association

Celebrating 78 years of protecting public health in 2013, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is an international not-for-profit public service 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 and follow AMCA on Twitter @AMCAupdates.

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