Dr. Tom Mascari: June 13, 2017

JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER: TIPS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM SUMMER’S BIGGEST PESTS! 

Learn How Sixty Years of Insect Research Leadership Helps Families Prepare for a Summer Filled with Mosquitoes

DR. TOM MASCARI

Bug Expert and Entomologist, SC Johnson

The record breaking warm winter nationwide means there will be more mosquitoes and bugs this summer. According to The Weather Channel, from February 17-24, roughly 2,900 daily warm records were set across the U.S. In addition, over 250 record high temperatures for any February day were also set, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental InformationAs insect populations are expected to be larger this season and the warm weather is likely to also bring them out sooner, it’s important that consumers take the necessary steps to prepare.

 

Did You Know?

  • Mosquitoes Need Only One Tablespoon of Water to Breed: Mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in still or stagnant water. Old tires, children’s wading pools, toys, bird baths, potted plants and even a bottle cap can become their breeding ground.
  • Mosquitoes Prefer Darker Colors: If you’re trying to avoid mosquitoes, opt for lighter-colored clothing. Mosquitoes can be attracted to darker colors.
  • Reapply repellent following contact with water or excessive sweating: If using sunscreen too, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends applying sunscreen first and personal repellent second.
  • Mosquitoes can detect even small areas of exposed skin.  Apply personal repellent in hard to reach spots. Always read the label and follow product use instructions.

 

For nearly 60 years, scientists at the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health have studied and advanced the sciences of insect biology, physiology, ecology, behavior, toxicology, infestation management and insect-borne disease prevention.   It is one of the world’s largest private, urban entomology center and houses about 20 species of insects. The company also is known for its significant philanthropy related to insect-borne disease management. In 2016, it pledged $15 million in resources globally to help protect against mosquitoes that may carry Zika or other insect-borne diseases.

Tom Mascari, nationally recognized entomologist is available for live interviews to address how the warmer temperatures may lead to an insect-filled summer, and how families can take steps to protect themselves. He will also discuss research being done at the SC Johnson Institute and how this plays a role in family health and consumer safety.

 

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