Warmer Temperatures Bring Mosquitoes
With the arrival of spring, warming temperatures have brought an increase in mosquitoes. Sunny days combined with stagnant water left from winter storms provide the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to breed.
Residents are requested to eliminate areas of stagnant water around their homes. Items to pay attention to include buckets, tires, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, tarps and other impervious materials. Reducing mosquito breeding sites around the home now will help limit the mosquito population later in the spring and summer.
The best protection against mosquitoes is to wear long sleeves and pants or to wear an effective mosquito repellent while outdoors. Insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus provide the best protection against mosquito transmitted diseases, including West Nile Virus.
Use the following tips against mosquitoes:
- Remove standing water from the yard
- Avoid being outdoors during dawn and dusk
- Dress appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outside
- Use an effective insect repellent and follow directions
- Make sure doors and window screens are in good working condition