Tips for Dealing with Mosquitoes During the Rainy Season

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Vector Control Division of the Madison County Health Department wants to remind all residents and businesses to keep stagnant water removed from their property.

The abundance of rain this season has resulted in a high population of floodwater mosquitoes, in addition to the typical container-breeding mosquitoes found this time of year.  Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from illnesses caused by mosquitoes, including the following:

-Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active.  If you go outdoors during peak hours, wear light-colored, tightly woven, loose clothing and insect repellent.

-Wear enough insect repellent to cover skin and clothes that contain one of the following EPA registered ingredients:  DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535. Follow all label instructions.

-Keep window and door screens shut and in good condition.  Repair any holes.

-Inspect your yard for places a mosquito could use to breed. Mosquitoes require very little water in order to breed.  The best form of control is to remove any standing water from your property.  This can include the following:

-Dispose of containers that collect water, such as buckets, cans, bottles, and jars;

-Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets, unclog drains and gutters;

-Empty and scrub birdbaths, flower vases, potted plant dishes, pet bowls, and animal troughs twice a week to remove mosquito eggs;

-Dispose of unused tires;

-Overturn or store under cover: wheelbarrows, tubs, and wading pools when not in use;

-Fill tree holes with sand or mortar;

-Remove water from children’s toys several times a week; and

-Keep weeds, vines, and grass trimmed because adult mosquitoes like to rest in dense vegetation.

For more information and to find out the last time your area was fogged, click here:  www.huntsvilleal.gov/vectorcontrol.