As the summer heats up, so do mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are considered by many to be the most dangerous animal, as they carry many diseases. They are most active in the early morning, and in the evening.
“We live in a subtropical habitat, therefore we live in their home.” Iberia Parish Mosquito Control Executive Director, Herff Jones said.
Fortunately for us, this season hasn’t been so bad. Jones says no viruses have been detected.
“Over 2000 samples have been sent off this year. Very few indications of virus activity in those pools have been reported so far this year. ” Jones explained.
With even the slightest amount of rainfall, can come a new population of mosquitoes. Jones says mosquitoes can lay over 300 eggs in just a bottle cap amount of water. He warns to watch out for standing water in anything that can collect water. Including kiddie pools, bar-b-q grill covers, and bird baths.
“When were weed eating, and were doing the grass, cutting the grass, dump those over, dry that, and that reduces the number of mosquitoes near the home tremendously.”
If you do plan on spending time outdoors, the best repellent to apply are those that contain Deet.
Jones says you should use spray containing 10-30%.
“Use those as labeled and directed and it’ll make your outdoor experience much better.” said Jones.
Here are several simple guidelines from the CDC:
- Apply mosquito repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and apply as directed on the label!
- Protect children sensitive to insect bites with repellent and cover exposed skin — there are many preparations sold in drug stores and camping sections of local stores that are formulated for adults as well as children.
- Wear light colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants when outdoors particularly at DAWN and DUSK.
- Avoid wearing perfumes or colognes when outside for prolonged periods.
- DRAIN! Remove all sources of standing water near your home (i.e. cans, barrels, planters, tires, containers and tarps).
- Keep all pools, spas, bird baths, ponds and fountains clean and free of debris.
- Maintain tight fitting screens on doors and windows.
- Don’t FEED the storm drains! Sweep up lawn clippings, leaves and tree limbs from sidewalks and driveways.