Our neighbors over in Greenville, TN are getting out to prevent mosquito growth this spring. It is that time of year where mosquitoes will start to show up at parties, the backyard, the soccer fields, etc.
They have a solid list of suggestions that you can do to help keep prevent mosquitoes from making a meal out of you.
To further reduce the mosquito population and to prevent illness, citizens are reminded of the following precautions:
- apply insect repellent containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) while outdoors,
- consider staying indoors at dawn, dusk and in the early morning hours, which are peak mosquito biting times,
- wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, if possible, while outdoors, and place mosquito netting over infant carriers.
To eliminate mosquito breeding areas, citizens should:
- get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles and any other containers that hold water,
- fill in or drain any low places, like puddles or ruts, in lawns,
- keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly,
- cover trash containers to keep out rainwater,
- repair leaky pipes and outdoor faucets,
- empty plastic wading pools at least once each week, and store them indoors when not in use,
- fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete,
- change the water in birdbaths, plant pots or drip trays at least once a week,
- and keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.