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Posted on: September 26, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Health Department Provides Tips to Avoid Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are front of mind right now, especially with recent news reports of Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases in other parts of the state. The Health Department wants to take this opportunity to remind you of routine steps you can take to avoid mosquito bites and mosquito-borne illness throughout mosquito season.

To avoid getting bitten:

  • Avoid outdoor activity between dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use insect repellent when outside. When used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  • Cover up. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Keep mosquitoes outside. Install or repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Clear mosquito breeding grounds. Drain stagnant, standing water around your home in places like old tires, birdbaths, wading pools, garbage can lids, and even cans in recycle bins. Keep gutters and leaders free of debris. Do not leave swimming pools uncovered without chlorinating and filtering.

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