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Mosquito Abatement: What You Can Do


  • Eliminate standing water in bird baths, ponds, pet bowls, wading pools, clogged gutters, hollow stumps, pool covers and other places in which mosquitoes might breed (it only takes 10 days).
  • Avoid being outdoors at dawn, dusk and early evening when mosquitoes are most active. If outdoors at these times, loose-fitting, light colored clothing is best. Wear shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.
  • Apply mosquito repellent containing 25% to 35% Deet sparingly to exposed skin or clothing. Use a weaker solution on young children and do not spray directly on them – spray your hand and wipe it on exposed skin.
  • Check and repair holes or tears in window and door screens, including porches and patios.
  • Remember to protect pets that spend time outdoors. No vaccine is currently available for domestic animals. Although there is no evidence of human infection from animals, it is best to avoid barehanded contact with sick animals.
  • Dead birds should be handled with gloves, sealed in plastic bags and disposed of with regular trash. It is not necessary to report the dead bird to the Health Department or Animal Control.
  • Keep informed. WE will do our best to pass along new developments, but also watch for updates in newspapers and on the web.
updated Jun 04, 2012