Mosquito season is still in full swing. The best prevention against mosquito bites is personal protection. Health officials recommend that people take steps to help reduce the risk of contracting any mosquito-borne disease by:
- Apply an insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
- Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
- When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
- Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
- Cover cribs, strollers, and baby carriers with mosquito netting.
- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.
- Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, gutter, downspouts, old tires and any other receptacles.
- Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito eating fish.
- Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes cannot hide there.
Please don’t forget your pets. Ask your vet for their recommendation on what would work best to control the pests that bug your pet.
For the latest information on West Nile, please visit the Kane County Health Department.
For information on repellants, visit the Environmental Protection Agency website. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective.