Mosquito prevention and health risk

Mosquito prevention and health risk
Mosquito prevention and health risk (Source: WFXG)
A female mosquito can lay up to a hundred eggs so many folks are bound to get bit at least once this summer. Just a few infected mosquitoes can produce large outbreaks in a community and put your family at risk of becoming sick. Aside from mosquitoes bites being annoying, itchy, and sometimes burn; the bite of an infected female can spread diseases; two being the West Nile virus and Zika. However, none of the mosquitoes in the CSRA area carry Zika.
During summer, everyone wants to enjoy outside activities, but those pesky mosquitoes can have you running indoors. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends eliminating standing water in and around your home so that you are not attracting mosquitoes. Once a week, empty and scrub items that hold water such as flowerpots, pools, and buckets. It is important to know that your chances of getting mosquitoes bites are greater during the daytime but of course they will also bite at night.
Here are some helpful tips:
  • Citronella candles are perfect for back and front door areas when spending time on the porch.
  • If you are active in the yard then it is best to have a mosquito control squad come out and spray.
  • The use of mosquito repellant is good when you are outside for a long period of time for activities like swimming at the pool or a trip to an amusement park.
  • If you are using insect repellent then it needs to be reapplied every few hours depending on the strength of the spray.
  • If you are also using sunscreen make sure you apply the sunscreen first and the repellent second.

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