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Warm Weather Bringing Out Mosquitoes
Updated June 12, 2017 6:42 AM | Filed under: Health
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(BEDFORD) - Brenda Cummins with the Lawrence County Health Department says as the warm summer weather approaches everyone needs to pitch-in and help control mosquitoes.

Here are some tips to help prevent being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning);
  • Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin;
  • Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long pants in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas;
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

Even a container as small as a bottle cap can become a mosquito breeding ground, so residents should take the following steps to eliminate potential breeding grounds:

  • Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water;
  • Repair failed septic systems;
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors;
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed;
  • Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains;
  • Frequently replace the water in pet bowls; and,
  • Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically; aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with predatory fish.


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