Summer is a great time to experience the outdoors with your family. Along with taking precautions against heat-related illnesses, you can also take steps to keep the mosquitos away!
For most people, mosquitos tend to a slight annoyance. However, sometimes getting bitten by a mosquito can mean the transmission of a serious disease. Some of the illnesses that can be spread by mosquitos in the US are the West Nile Virus and different kinds of encephalitis (acute inflammation of the brain). In order to stay safe this summer, it’s a good idea to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites when enjoying the outdoors.
It is important to take steps to prevent mosquito bites both inside and outside of the home.
For outdoor mosquito prevention, make sure you remove any areas where there could be standing water. Mosquitos lay eggs near water and can quickly multiply. Tightly cover any storage container water, or treat it with larvicides if you are not planning to drink the water. Treat the garage, under patio furniture and decking with insect spray, as mosquitos like to rest in dark/humid areas.
For indoor mosquito prevention, make sure your screens are secure and untorn. Do not prop open doors and allow mosquitos to come inside. Remove any standing water from sinks, bathtubs or pots to prevent the laying of eggs. You can also use an insect “fogger” inside the home to kill mosquitos, and to reach the dark humid places in the home, such as in closets, under furniture or in the laundry room.
Keep in mind that mosquito bites effect our furry friends too through the spread of heart worms in dogs and cats. Protect your animals with monthly pills, a topical gel or a longer-term injectable product. Check with your local veterinarian today!
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