Tips to avoid possible infection from mosquito bites

Tips to avoid possible infection from mosquito bites

• If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.

• Light colors are least attractive to mosquitoes.

• Use mosquito repellent when outdoors. Products with these ingredients should be used: DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or PMD - the synthesized version of oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow label directions.

• Remove all discarded tires and other water-holding containers, such as tin cans and unused flowerpots, pet food and water dishes from your property.

• Eliminate standing water from your property.

• Make sure all roof gutters are clean and properly draining.

• Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty when not in use, and drain water from pool covers.

• Change water in birdbaths weekly.

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Tips to avoid possible infection from mosquito bites: