Mosquito Prevention Tips
Mosquito Awareness: Our goal is No Human cases of Mosquito borne disease with no Human deaths in Guilford County
Mosquitoes can be more than a nuisance that spoil outside activities; many carry serious diseases that affect humans and animals. Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), LaCrosse Encephalitis and West Nile Virus are diseases that can easily be transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. In addition, children are often allergic to mosquito bites and when these bites become infected, a bacterial skin infection called impetigo can develop. Prevention is the most effective control for any pest problem. With mosquitoes, the key tactic is to eliminate breeding areas.
Mosquitoes can breed in just two teaspoons of stagnant water and the typical backyard can generate thousands of mosquitoes each week. Follow these simple steps to prevent mosquitoes from reproducing:
- Discard or at least every seven days, empty all containers in your yard that can hold water such as tires, bottles, flowerpot saucers, small pools, buckets and tarps.
- Keep gutters clean and in good repair.
- Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
- Clean and change the water in birdbaths and outside pet bowls at least twice a week.
- Screen or cover any outside rain barrels.
- Clean ornamental ponds and stock with Goldfish or Gambusia fish, which feed on mosquito larvae.
Limit oudoor activities in the evening when mosquitoes are most active.
- Prevent bites by wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants. Use a repellent containing DEET (10% or less for children; 30% or less for adults), following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- To keep mosquitoes outside, make sure screens fit tightly and are not torn on windows and doors.
Following these simple tips can help prevent mosquito breeding and potential bites. For more information about mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases, visit the North Carolina state website or contact us via email or telephone, 336-641-3771.