Stay mosquito free in the outdoors
GRILLING, HIKING, FISHING, playing
volleyball: After a long winter, these are a few
of our favorite things. Often, mosquitoes are
the only downside to enjoying these and
other outdoor activities.
While they are very annoying, mosquitoes can leave you with more than painful
welts. They transmit diseases such as malaria,
yellow fever, dengue and West Nile virus. So
how do you enjoy the great outdoors without
coming in contact with mosquitoes?
The tips in the sidebar below will help
you mimimize contact with mosquitoes, but
personal protection is your best line of defense
against mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease
Control suggests covering up. That means
donning long sleeves and long pants, especially
if you venture into areas of dense mosquito
populations, such as salt marshes.
Regardless of where your outdoor experiences take you, effective insect repellent is a
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A supply of effective mosquito repellent
that contains DEET is available at your local
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vital key to warding off mosquitoes. For
decades, repellents containing DEET (diethyl
toluamide) have worked well. Experts believe
DEET thwarts mosquitoes’ ability to sense
body heat, carbon dioxide and lactic acid,
three things these blood-sucking pests look
for in a good meal.
But is it safe? After extensively testing
DEET, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency concluded that, as long as consumers
follow label directions and take proper precautions, insect repellents containing DEET
do not present a health concern, even for children as young as two months.
Taking these precautions will help you
Tell ‘em to bug off
THE FOLLOWING TIPS for controlling
mosquitoes and avoiding exposure to diseases come from the Centers for Disease
Control ( www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/
Choose an insect repellent that contains
DEET or other approved ingredients.
Wear light-colored clothing, a long-
enjoy the warm-weather months without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes—and without
unnecessarily exposing yourself to disease.
sleeved shirt, long pants and a hat outside when mosquitoes are most active.
Get rid of as much standing water as
you can from around your home and
property. Drain water from flowerpots,
wading pools, old tires and so on.
Change water in bird baths and pet
bowls twice a week.
Make sure your screens are in
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