After rainfall events and warmer weather, mosquitoes will increase in numbers and activity. In order to reduce your chances of being bitten and thus reduce the risk of acquiring a mosquito borne disease, remember these basic tips:
- Avoid being out at dusk and dawn; these are peak times for mosquitoes to seek a blood meal. If you have to be out at these times, cover up with long pants and shirts, socks, and shoes.
- Wear mosquito repellant according to the manufacturer's directions. Products containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and picaridin are effective mosquito repellents.
- Drain standing water around your home; gutters, tarps, children's toys, and birdbaths should be drained at least every week. Remember, one tablespoon of water can breed up to 200 mosquitoes!
- Ensure that the screens on your windows are in good repair.
For questions concerning mosquito control in Holmes County, contact the Holmes County Mosquito Program office at (850) 547-1119.
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