Tips on mosquito protection
CMMCP recommends you follow
the "5 D's" for mosquito protection:
- DUSK & DAWN -- Avoid being outdoors when
mosquitoes are seeking a bloodmeal. Dusk and dawn are prime time for
mosquito activity in our area. Mosquitoes
may also be active anytime on cool, cloudy days.
- DRESS -- When temperatures allow, wear
clothing that covers your skin. Clothing with mosquito repellant
impregnated materials such as permethrin may be a consideration, as may
loose-fitting net-style clothing. Some studies show dark colors are more
attractive to mosquitoes.
- DEET -- N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET)
remains the standard by which all other repellants are judged. It is
effective against mosquitoes, biting flies, chiggers, fleas and ticks.
Academy of Pediatrics says all family members over 2 months can use DEET-based
repellents with up to 30 percent concentration. Most products start out
at a concentration of 5 percent (lasts 90 minutes or so) and range up to
100 percent (for approximately 10 hours of protection from bites). Pick
one that matches your activity. For an outdoor family barbecue in the
evenings, a 10 percent product is fine. It will help protect from bites
for nearly two hours. Products are available in aerosols, pump sprays,
lotions, creams and even towelettes.
- DRAIN -- Check your home to eliminate
or reduce standing water that can produce mosquitoes. Mosquitoes hatched
in your back yard or on your patio will often stay close by, affecting
you and your neighbor as well. Whenever possible, "tip and
toss" nonessential water-holding containers.
Tips on eliminating larval
- Clean out eaves, troughs and
- Remove old tires or drill holes
in those used in playgrounds. To remove tires from your area, see info
here on our tire recycling
- Turn over or remove empty plastic
- Pick up all beverage containers
- Check tarps on woodpiles, boats
or other equipment that may collect water.
- Pump out bilges in boats.
- Replace water in birdbaths and
pet feeding dishes at least twicw a week.
- Change water in plant trays,
including hanging plants, at least twice a week.
IF IT HOLDS WATER FOR MORE THAN A WEEK, YOU COULD BE PRODUCING
YOUR OWN MOSQUITOES!!