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Effective Prevention Tips Against Mosquito Bites and Breeding

Effective Prevention tips Against Mosquito Bites and Breeding

Prevention of mosquito breeding and protection from bites is the best way to reduce your chances of being infected with mosquito spread diseases such as West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis.

Mosquito season in this area is normally from about April through October. All citizens should do their part to aid in the abatement process and protect themselves by complying with the following guidelines:

First of all, follow the "Four D's". (Español)

Dusk Dusk and Dawn are the time of the day when the mosquito is most active. Stay indoors if possible or limit outdoor activity during these periods. Dress Dress to keep skin covered as much as possible, consider wearing loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
Deet Use repellants that contain DEET as the active ingredient for treating exposed skin areas. Always carefully follow label directions. Drain Drain any standing water on your property. This includes any low areas where water may accumulate and items such as flower pots, cans, wheel barrows, boats, old tires, etc. that may hold water.

In addition:

  • Clean and replace pet water containers and bird baths daily.
  • Repair any water leaks such as outdoor faucets or sprinkler systems.
  • Maintain swimming pools circulation and filter systems, ph, and chlorine levels.
  • Ensure that window screens fit tightly and are in good conditions.
  • Report stagnant swimming pools or other bodies of water in your neighborhood.
  • Remove any dead birds found on your property. Call the Mosquito Hotline if you determine that they are "blue jays" or "blackbirds", or if there is a large number of any kind of dead birds in your neighborhood.

For reporting, contact the Mosquito Hotline at (972) 721-3755.

Posted July 24

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