Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

April 18, 2013

Take the sting out of mosquitoes

VALDOSTA — With rising temperatures and recent rains, it seems mosquitoes are everywhere. You can find them in your backyard but you may just as likely find them hovering around your doorways or even near your kitchen sinks or bath tubs.

While warm weather prompts their return, mosquitoes are like people in that they are seeking cooler places to be. They hover around standing water. They seek shade. They are more likely to be abundant in the early morning and evening hours.

Their bites are often described as pesky, but they can be deadly. Mosquitoes transmit deadly viruses such as West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

People should still take precautions in dealing with mosquitoes. Lowering the mosquito population reduces the chances of a person becoming infected by such viruses.

Remove standing water from outside of your home. This includes emptying buckets, bird feeders, water bowls, etc.

If wearing short sleeves and shorts, make sure children have been sprayed with a safe mosquito repellent. Wearing long sleeves and pants works best but may be uncomfortable in the South Georgia heat.

Spray mosquito repellent around door ways in and out of the house and window sills.

A little precaution will make the outdoors more pleasant while possibly averting a tragedy.

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