Biologists said spring rain followed by the hot days will probably bring mosquitoes to local backyards.
Jackson County Vector Control District Manager Jim Lunders said, “Something as small as a five gallon bucket can produce hundreds of mosquitoes a week.”
Experts are encouraging the public to take the following actions to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses:
- Eliminate all sources of standing water that can be a breeding ground for biting mosquitoes, such as flooded fields, birdbaths, wading pools & swimming pools not in use, clogged gutters and old tires. If it holds water for 7 days, it can produce mosquitoes.
- Stock mosquito fish in water troughs and ornamental ponds, they are available free at the District Office.
- Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when in mosquito-infested areas.
- Use mosquito repellents and make sure to follow the directions on the container. They are: DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, oIR3535 or Picaridin
- Make sure all screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.
- Vaccinate horses for WNv, consult your veterinarian.
- Use flea and tick control products that also control mosquitoes.
- Use Heartworm control products year round.
- Use EPA registered residual insect sprays on horses making sure to follow the direction on the container.
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