National Mosquito Control Awareness Week: What you need to know

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HUNTSVILLE, AL- This week is national mosquito control awareness week and as mosquito season picks up, the Vector Control Division of The Madison County Health Department wants you to remember three D's: drain, dress and defend.

"Drain..just check your yard for any standing water, even as little as a teaspoon of standing water can bread mosquitoes. So, check everything the flower pots, dishes, tires, gutters, toys," said Public Health Senior Environmentalist Cheryl Clay.

The next "D" is dress.

"We do recommend you wear appropriate clothing; that could be long-sleeved shirts, long pants, loose fitting, light colored," said Clay.

The final "D" is defend. Mosquito fogging is effective, but not certain to catch all types.

"The fog truck is most effective for the fog water mosquitoes-- the type that carries West Nile Virus. The type of mosquito that carries Zika virus are actually more container breeders; they breed in items found around the home. They may be in flight in the evening when the fog truck comes through..but lots of times they're hanging  out in the backyard the fog doesn't always reach the backyard," said Clay.

A repellant with DEET is recommended for the best protections from mosquitoes.

You can enter your street address on the city's Vector Control website for a map showing the last time your street was fogged and when the truck will be back.