Thermacell Repellents’ Mosquito Forecast for Memorial Day Weekend
BEDFORD, Mass, May 27, 2022 — This Memorial Day, warm, wet conditions are expected in the Southeast region of the United States, which means increased mosquito activity across the area. Marking the unofficial kick-off to summer, this year’s Memorial Day is also expected to kick-off a predicted mosquito population boom across the Southeast region of the U.S.
“This summer is expected to be hot and stormy throughout most of the U.S.,” said Benjamin McMillan, Senior Biologist at Thermacell Repellents, Inc., the leading manufacturer of area mosquito repellents.
“Spring started in many areas with high amounts of rainfall, and for much of the southern region of the United States this was on the heels of a mild winter. These two factors jump-started the mosquito season, and we expect the mosquito populations will build throughout the summer as temperatures continue to rise. Increasing summer storm frequency will also bring water to these areas with high temperatures, creating ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes throughout the summer. If you aren’t watering your lawn often, but still have to cut the grass frequently, mosquitoes are going to be thriving as well.”
Working with meteorologists, entomologists, and forecasting data from AccuWeather.com, Thermacell uses a mosquito pressure index that predicts mosquito activity at a local level. The index ranks mosquito pressure on a 1-to-10 scale, with one indicating moderate pressure and 10 indicating extremely high pressure.
Thermacell is predicting strong levels of mosquito activity for these 10 metropolitan areas for the holiday weekend:
- TAMPA, Fla. – Level 10: Weather is favorable for an extreme level of mosquito activity.
- BATON ROUGE, La. – Level 10: Weather is favorable for an extreme level of mosquito activity.
- JACKSON Miss. – Level 10: Weather is favorable for an extreme level of mosquito activity.
- SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Level 9: Weather is favorable for a very high level of mosquito activity.
- MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Level 9: Weather is favorable for a very high level of mosquito activity.
- ALBANY, Ga. – Level 9: Weather is favorable for a very high level of mosquito activity.
- CHARLESTON, S.C. – Level 8: Weather is favorable for a high level of mosquito activity.
- GREENWOOD, Ark.- Level 7: Weather is favorable for a high level of mosquito activity.
- MEMPHIS, Tenn.– Level 5: Weather is favorable for a moderate level of mosquito activity.
- TULSA, Okla.– Level 4: Weather is favorable for a moderate level of mosquito activity.
Key environmental factors for forecasting mosquito activity are precipitation and temperature. Rainfall and flooding stimulate the development of the eggs of many mosquito species. At the same time, warmer temperatures speed up the time it takes mosquitoes to become adults.
To keep mosquitoes from joining your summer parties, McMillan recommends using an area repellent to keep mosquitoes away. Thermacell technology uses heat to diffuse highly effective repellent into the air creating a zone of mosquito protection. This zone creates an invisible, scent-free barrier to keep mosquitoes away up to 20-feet in each direction from the repeller so you can enjoy the first weekend of summer without mosquitoes.
About Thermacell® Repellents, Inc.
Thermacell Repellents, Inc., headquartered in Bedford, MA, designs, manufactures, and markets area mosquito repellent and insect control solutions. Thermacell can be found at most outdoor, sporting goods, home improvement, and mass merchant retailers. Thermacell products are also available internationally in more than 30 countries. For more information on Thermacell and its complete line of repellent products, consumer reviews, and store locations, visit www.thermacell.com.
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