Experts Advise Public of Steps to Take as U.S. Enters Peak Summer Mosquito Season

  Experts Advise Public of Steps to Take as U.S. Enters Peak Summer Mosquito
                                    Season

Conditions expected to resemble 2012, the deadliest year for West Nile virus
in U.S. history

PR Newswire

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 18, 2013

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A number of U.S. states have
reported cases of West Nile virus in 2013 as experts warn of the potential for
a second consecutive year of increased activity for the virus. The predictions
are based largely on the hot, dry weather conditions in many regions of the
U.S. that could resemble 2012, a year that produced the most West Nile virus
deaths in U.S. history.

"West Nile Virus may have fallen off of the public's radar a bit in recent
years, but there was definitely a lot of awareness generated around the
disease following last year's outbreak," said Dean Gaiser, regional sales
manager for Central Life Sciences. "Mosquito abatement districts and public
health departments will be more vigilant this year as people keep a closer
watch, and public education will be more important than ever."

According to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, 2012
West Nile virus activity included 5,674 total cases of the disease in people
and 286 deaths. Total reported cases were the second highest ever since the
disease was first tracked in the U.S. in 1999, and the number of deaths was
the highest ever. The CDC report cited higher than usual temperatures in 2012
as a likely factor in the record-high West Nile virus activity as hot and dry
conditions are ideal for the breeding of Culex mosquitoes and lead to more
interactions between birds and mosquitoes sharing limited water pools.

While mosquito control efforts are predominantly the responsibility of
mosquito abatement districts and public health departments, Gaiser adds that
each member of the community can take actions to help control mosquito
activity. There are a number of precautions people in the community can take
around their homes, including:

  oTurning over pails and emptying planters or anything that can hold
    stagnant water, allowing mosquitoes to breed
  oChanging and maintaining the water in ornamental ponds, birdbaths, wading
    pools and other receptacles that require water to function
  oPracticing good sanitation around the home as litter and debris in the
    yard can collect water and enable mosquito breeding
  oCovering openings for standing water sources, such as septic tanks, rain
    barrels, and catch basins with fine mesh screening
  oClearing gutters in the spring and fall
  oFilling natural depressions in landscaping, tree holes and rotten stumps
    with sand to absorb water retained after rainfall
  oDraining abandoned pools or treating regularly with chlorine to deter
    egg-laying mosquitoes
  oDraining water from tire swings and other backyard play sets and drilling
    holes in the bottom to help with drainage
  oWatering lawns and gardens minimally to prevent puddles and to conserve
    water
  oMowing tall grass to reduce shady areas where mosquitoes prefer to rest

More household tips, mosquito facts and an interactive map of typical problem
areas can be found at www.MosquitoPrevention101.com, a public education site
created by Central Life Sciences to help control mosquitoes and fight the
diseases they carry. The site also encourages the importance of contacting
local legislature or mosquito abatement districts to ask about treatments for
standing water in your area and information about mosquito spraying.

About Central Life Sciences
Central Life Sciences products are a part of Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ:
CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA). Central Life Sciences is dedicated to creating
healthier environments and making life better for people, plants and companion
animals around the world. As inventors of insect growth regulator technology
more than 35 years ago, the founders of Central Life Sciences pioneered
biorational pest control: using the insect's chemistry as a means to reduce
pest populations. To learn more about Central Life Sciences, call
1-800-248-7763 or visit our website at www.centrallifesciences.com.

SOURCE Central Life Sciences

Website: http://www.centrallifesciences.com
Contact: Blair Ciecko, 708-655-2045, blairc@celticchicago.com
 
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