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Tips to Avoid Mosquitoes During 4th of July Festivities

Posted June 30, 2017 in Community Alert by Anna Subler

Your plans for the 4th of July may include fireworks, barbecues, parties, family and friends. Chances are you won’t want to battle mosquitoes during those festivities.

Mosquitoes are attracted to anything in which they can get a blood meal. By taking simple precautions, you can lower your chances of getting bit by mosquitoes and avoid mosquito-borne diseases.

If possible, avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. If you plan to watch fireworks or enjoy the evening outside with family and friends, be sure to use insect repellent. For added protection, wear light color clothing, long sleeves, and long pants. Avoid perfumes, colognes, or other heavy scents that may attract mosquitoes.

A wide variety of insect repellent products are available. It is recommended that you use products containing active ingredients that have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing. Always follow label directions when applying mosquito repellents, and see if it is appropriate to apply to children. Some may have concentrations not suitable for small children. Products containing DEET and Picaridin typically provide longer-lasting protection than others, but products containing Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD) also provide a reasonable amount protection.

Take a look around your yard and empty any container that is holding water such as flower pots, bird baths, rain barrels, etc. Mosquitoes breed in that water and stay close to that area when they hatch and feed. It is a simple task that makes a huge difference in the mosquito population in your yard.

If you have questions, want to report an area with mosquito problems, or need additional information about mosquitoes, call Franklin County Public Health’s Mosquito Bite Line at (614) 525-BITE, and leave a message and our staff will respond. You can also visit www.myfcph.org to submit a service request online.

Follow Franklin County Public Health on Facebook (Franklin County Public Health) and/or Twitter (FC_PublicHealth) to receive notifications regarding mosquitoes or mosquito spraying as it is scheduled.