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Cobb and Douglas Public Health Offers Guidelines on Mosquito Protection this Summer

July 18, 2016

We know you’ve heard a lot about mosquitoes and the spread of Zika virus this summer. Here are few things you can do to reduce the mosquito population near your home. All mosquitoes need standing water to begin their life cycle. Cobb and Douglas Public Health has provided us with a handy guide for reducing standing water around the home and removing potential mosquito breeding grounds.

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  • Containers that hold water
  • Swimming Pools — maintain with proper chemicals, cover or drain if not in use
  • Plastic sheeting or tarps used to cover yard items — pull tight so water won’t pool
  • Shallow edges of ponds — clear of plants and weeds
  • Clogged ditches and pipes — clean out leaves, dirt, and debris so water flows freely
  • Low places, tire ruts or puddles — fill with dirt or sand
  • Tree holes and hollow stumps — pack with dirt or sand
  • Leaky pipes and outdoor faucets — repair
  • Small areas of water that can’t be drained — treat with larvicides, follow label instructions

Protect Yourself from Biting Mosquitoes

  • Screens on windows, doors and porches — install or keep in good repair
  • Car windows and garage doors — keep closed at night
  • Overgrown shrubs, grass, weeds, vines and ground cover — trim or remove overgrown plants that provide cool/dark/damp areas where adult mosquitoes rest
  • Scented products — avoid using products that smell like fruit or flowers
  • Protective clothing — wear long sleeves, long pants and socks
  • Treat clothing and gear — use permethrin products on clothing, boots, tents
  • or purchase pre-treated items
  • Light-colored clothing — wear light colors — mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors
  • Insect repellent — use EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, IR3535,
    Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or Picaridin

Contact your local Public Health Department Environmental Health Section with questions.

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