West Nile Predictions for 2013◀ Back To Blog
May 16, 2013
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2012, 48 states reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes. In those states, there were a total of 5,387 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 243 deaths, according to data from the CDC.
The 5,387 cases were the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC since 2003. West Nile virus impacted New York with 107 cases and 7 deaths.
So, what are the West Nile Predictions for 2013? Experts do not know according to PCT Magazine. Mike McLean, entomologist at the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District in St. Paul, Minnesota explained, “West Nile virus season has a lot of moving parts.” Every year is unique depending on the length of mosquito season, the amount of precipitation, the types of mosquitoes, quality of habitats, how early the pests merge and how long they stick around.
Here is the east, culex pipiens is the virus’ primary vector. This mosquito breeds in storm water catch basin and storm sewers found in heavily populated cities.” The culex mosquito prefers to breed in water high in organic matter. The culex breeds well and quickly in hot conditions completing development in little as 10 days or two weeks. Culex are aggressive biters when searching for their next meal feed extensively on birds. Most active at night, they rest during the day.
In the late summer when the mosquito populations drop, the risk of West Nile is highest,” explained McLean. Why? The few mosquitoes in August, September, and October have likely bitten an infected bird and are looking for a second blood meal. It is important not to let your guard down.
With West Nile Predictions for 2013 unknown, below are tips for mosquito reduction practiced along with a mosquito treatment plan:
- Empty water from flower pots, pet food/water dishes, bird baths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels and cans once a week.
- Check for clogged gutters and clean them out.
- Remove discarded tires and other items that can collect water.
- Check containers or trash in places that may be hard to see under bushes or under your home.
- Plug tree holes.
- Turn over large items like canoes, wheelbarrows and kiddie pools.
- Fix leaky outdoor faucets and make sure lids are on trash cans.
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