Recent summertime rains have aided in the increase in mosquito population. With increased mosquitoes comes the risk of mosquito-borne diseases in animals and humans. There are simple measures that you can do to reduce mosquito infestation around your home and to protect yourself and your pets from bites.
First you must reduce the number of places mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed. Once or twice a week empty water from flower pots, pet bowls, birth baths, buckets, barrels and cans. Clean out clogged gutters. Remove discarded tires and other items that could collect water. Be sure to check for containers or trash in places that may be hard to see like under bushes.
Second, repair torn screens in windows and doors. Make sure screens fit well and seal gaps around doors. Offer to help a neighbor repair their screens.
Third, protect yourself and family members. When possible, wear long sleeves, pants and socks when outdoors. Spray clothes with insect repellent containing permethrin or DEET. Always read the manufacturer’s label on the product used for optimum safety. Be sure to wash off any repellent applied to skin with soap and water once going inside. Also avoid being outside during the peak mosquito biting times of dawn and dusk.
Report any increased incidence of dead birds in your neighborhood to your local government agencies. Dead birds could be a sign that mosquito borne disease is circulating between birds and mosquitoes.
For more information contact the Duplin County Health Department at 910-296-2130 or go to cdc.gov.