Fight the Bite! Get Mosquitoes to Buzz Off

6-16-14 mosquito picThe recent rain means we will most likely see an increase in the number of these insects in the area. Mosquitoes thrive in hot and humid weather. They are also attracted to wetlands and wooded areas. The best way to avoid the dreaded mosquito bite is to dress in protective clothing when outdoors and to use insect repellent. However the biggest risk with mosquitoes is contracting West Nile Virus.

A majority of those infected show no symptoms. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about one in five people will develop a fever accompanied by other symptoms such as swollen glands, body aches, join pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash. Elderly people and extremely young children have the highest risk. To reduce the risk of being infected there are a few things you can do. To prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard dispose of tires, cans and containers where water could potentially gather. Consistently cleaning and chlorinating any pools or hot tubs is also a good prevention method. Drain the water that collects on pool covers to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs there. Be sure all windows and doors have screens that are well mended. Mosquitoes are a nuisance, but you can reduce your risk of being bitten and infected by keeping these things in mind. If you do display any of the symptoms listed above contact your health care provider immediately.