An ounce of mosquito repellent is worth a pound of cure. There are various ways to prevent mosquito propagation and to avoid bites, all of which are important parts in a comprehensive anti-mosquito strategy. Since mosquitos can carry serious illnesses like dengue, zika, and chikangunya, managing the population is a matter of public health. Whether you’re at home or at work, take these steps to keep your community safe and bite-free!
- Mosquitos breed in standing water, so avoid having objects outside that can accumulate water (tires, buckets, tarps etc.). Change the water in pet dishes or planters daily to avoid larval growth.
- Clean out your gutters and drainpipes! Clogged gutters are easy-to-overlook havens for mosquito breeding.
- If you own bromeliads, flush them daily or treat them with larvicide.
- If you have a rain barrel or cistern, cover it with a bug screen to prevent mosquitos from laying eggs in the water.
- When outside for extended periods, apply mosquito repellent over your sunscreen, and wear clothes that cover as much of your body as possible.
- If you’re traveling to an area that has already been affected by mosquito-borne illness, be extra vigilant. The CDC has issued zika travel advisories for multiple regions; learn more at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.
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