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. The American 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 mosquito sites:

  • Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters.
  • Remove old tires or drill holes in those used in playgrounds. To remove tires from your area, see info here on our tire recycling program.
  • Turn over or remove empty plastic pots.
  • Pick up all beverage containers and cups.
  • 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!!

 

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