Public Urged to Avoid Mosquitoes and Remove Breeding Sites Around Homes
With the recent rains and continued warm weather, the Wyandot County Public Health Department encourages you to take time to reduce mosquito breeding sites around homes, and to protect yourself from mosquitoes this summer during outdoor activities.
According to Jeff Ritchey of Wyandot County Public Health Department, protecting ourselves from being bitten is the easiest way to prevent contracting diseases carried by mosquitoes. So if you plan to be outdoors, please follow these simple recommendations to protect your family from mosquitoes this summer:
Avoid mosquito bites. It is import to prioritize personal protection to protect against mosquito bites.
- Wear EPA-registered mosquito repellents whenever mosquitoes are present and follow label instructions.
- Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing.
- Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.
Help reduce mosquito breeding around your home. Get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases.
- Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths.
- Keep weeds cut short to help limit places mosquitoes rest.
- Clean ditches so water can flow, and fill holes that hold water with gravel or dirt.
Parents remember, avoiding mosquitoes doesn’t mean kids have to stay inside in front of the TV. Encourage them to play outdoors. Take a few seconds to apply an effective repellent to exposed skin and clothing before venturing out to help everyone stay healthy.
For more information regarding steps you can take to protect your family’s health from mosquito bites this summer, please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s Web site at www.odh.ohio.gov or follow Wyandot County Public Health on Facebook for regular health related tips.