SC Johnson and AccuWeather Announce First-of-Its-Kind Pest Index to Help Families Plan a Summer Full of Memories… Not Pests

RACINE, Wis., July 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Summer is in full swing, and as people spend more time outdoors, they’re likely to encounter pests including mosquitoes, ticks, ants and cockroaches, which can quickly spoil a good moment. Today, SC Johnson, the maker of iconic house brands such as OFF!® and raid®and AccuWeather, the most accurate weather source, announce the launch of a pest index, the first of its kind.

This new tool, created by AccuWeather and developed for seasonal activation with SC Johnson, will help families plan times — like backyard barbecues or a trip to the park — when common pests may be present.

“Just like you plan for sunshine or rain, it’s important to plan for insects you might encounter in your daily activities,” Dr. Thomas Mascari, insect expert and entomologist for SC Johnson. “Mosquitoes, ticks, cockroaches and ants can spoil summer fun, and the AccuWeather SC Johnson Pest Index is a great tool that uses the power of science to make sure families are prepared. and capable of helping to avoid pests outdoors or in the home.”

Consumers can access the new AccuWeather SC Johnson Pest Index anytime via computer or mobile device by visiting The Pest Index provides users with real-time information on the potential impact of common bugs in their local cities. It takes location, weather and insect behavior into account to predict what level of pest activity – low, moderate or high – people can expect from indoor and outdoor pests, so they can plan ahead. consequence with OFF!® and raid® SC Johnson products.

Effective pest management requires understanding where insects like mosquitoes, ticks, ants and cockroaches can occur knowing what attracts these insects and what steps can be taken to control, repel or eliminate these pests from homes or from around. Insect activity varies, and the Pest Index has already made some important predictions about what to expect in the United States this summer, including:

  • Heavy rainfall and heat mean a higher risk of mosquito activity. Cities including dallas, Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana, should be the most affected this summer with wetter than normal conditions. More generally, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missourias well as Central and East Texasshould also be prepared for increased mosquito activity.
  • Drought and above normal heat can push ants and cockroaches inside homes in search of food and water in the Interior North-West and the Inter-Mountainous West. Similar conditions are expected in the Dakotas due to an extreme spring drought that extends into the summer.
  • Occasional heat waves and drought can force cockroaches indoors in the northeastespecially in cities like Burlington, Vermontand Caribou, Maine. Meanwhile, ticks – which are very common pests in the Northeast – will continue to be a concern outdoors.
  • A drier than average spring can help reduce mosquito activity in Michigan and the northeast interior.

Tips for pest control
Every parent understands the importance of helping protect their family from annoying insects. That’s why SC Johnson has partnered with Tamron Hall – mother and Emmy® Award-winning host of “The Tamron Hall Show” – to share her personal tips on how she plans to deal with pests throughout the year.

“As a mum and journalist, credibility is key; I know SC Johnson products like OFF!® and raid® are backed by decades of research, so I feel good about using them,” Hall said. “Planning ahead is also key to avoiding summer bugs and the itchy mosquito bites that can accompany our moments spent with family outdoors. I always make sure I have OFF!® personal insect repellent on hand in case we need it so our family time isn’t interrupted.”

Outside parasites like female mosquitoes usually seek out humans for a blood meal to fertilize the eggs, while ticks feed as they transition to the next stage of life. Both are attracted to CO2 expired by humans and both have the potential to transmit disease. Planning for occurrences where ticks and mosquitoes may be present is key to preventing their bite. Prepare for outdoor activities and bring personal insect repellent like OFF!® can help consumers repel mosquitoes and ticks.

For indoor pests, such as ants and cockroaches, both forage for food and water and are attracted to homes in search of food and shelter. Clean food prep areas, store food in sealed containers, and place Raid® ant or roach baiting in areas where these pests are spotted are all ways to control them.

“We are thrilled to partner with SC Johnson to make the link between weather and insect presence easier to understand and more apparent to all of our audiences so they can make better proactive decisions to protect themselves,” said declared Scott Maccaro, vice president of science and innovation at AccuWeather. “The AccuWeather SC Johnson Pest Index will undoubtedly help people prepare better and more comfortably for any activity they plan, any time of the year.”

In order to prevent unwanted infestations, the Pest Index will not only provide the estimated incidence of common pests, but also information on pest control and recommended products that can be used to protect pest areas around the home as well as planned outdoor activities. Whatever the situation, SC Johnson’s wide range of pest control products offer solutions to all types of pest problems and can help keep pests away. Visit and for more information on common pests and products that can be used to manage them.

About SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science For Family Health
The SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health was established in 1957 and is headquartered in Racine, Wis., is one of the largest private urban entomology research centers in the world. In 2013, SC Johnson expanded its research operations globally, opening the first research center of its kind in China. Company researchers study and advance the sciences of insect biology, physiology, ecology, behavior and toxicology. The Institute is also testing pest control formulations and delivery systems to help families protect themselves against insects and the diseases they can carry.

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family-owned company dedicated to high-quality, innovative products, excellence in the workplace, and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the United States, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air treatment, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets brands as well known as GLADE®KIWI®DISABLED!®COMMITMENT®RAID®WASH BUBBLES®YELL®WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the United States and beyond, with brands marketed outside the United States, including AUTAN®BAIGON®BROKEN®KABIKILLER®KLEAR®MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 135-year-old company employs approximately 13,000 people worldwide and sells products in virtually every country in the world.

About AccuWeather, Inc. and — AccuWeather, recognized and documented as the world’s most accurate source of weather forecasts and warnings, has saved tens of thousands of lives, prevented hundreds of thousands of injuries and tens of billions of dollars in property damage. With its global headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania and other offices around the world, AccuWeather serves more than 1.5 billion people every day to help them plan their lives and get the most out of their day through digital media properties, such as AccuWeather. com and mobile, as well as radio, television, newspapers, and the AccuWeather Network 24/7 channel. Additionally, AccuWeather produces and distributes news, weather content and video for over 180,000 third-party websites. Among the many innovative and award-winning features of AccuWeather available free to the public are MinuteCast® minute by minute®predictions with Superior Accuracy™. Additionally, AccuWeather serves more than half of the Fortune 500 companies and thousands of businesses worldwide. dr. Joel N. Myers, founder and CEO, established AccuWeather in 1962 and is considered the “father of modern commercial weather.” Dr. Myers, a leading creative thinker and visionary, has been named “the most accurate man in weather” by The New York Times and one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur’s Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs.

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