Mosquitoes - we hate you!
It’s that time of year when we face the challenge of the dreaded mosquito! Mosquitos are not only a nuisance, but they can can and transmit diseases.
In the United States we can be affected by West Nile virus and Zika virus through mosquito transmission.
Here's a few tips to protect your family and home this summer:
Eliminate the wet places where mosquitoes breed
Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers.
Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs. For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
Use larvicides to treat large containers of water that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out.
If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
Kill mosquitoes outside your home
· Use an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitoes in areas where they rest.
· Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture, or under the carport or garage. When using insecticides, always follow label instructions.
Keep mosquitoes out of your home
Install or repair and use window and door screens.
Do not leave doors propped open
Kill mosquitoes inside your home
Use an indoor insect fogger or spray to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where they rest. These products work immediately, and may need to be reapplied. Be sure to follow directions.
Be sure to apply where the mosquitoes hide out - dark, humid places like under the sink, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room.
Use Insect Repellent with one of the following ingredients:
Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the US)
Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Stay safe, my friends!
Amanda Cudney, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Information source / source for more information = CDC.gov.