There’s nothing worse than a group of pesky mosquitoes crowding that family BBQ as you try to enjoy the second half of summer. So take precaution and make sure these little buggers don’t ruin the rest of your summer plans.
While we have been experiencing a mostly dry summer, the recent rain creates an opportunity for mosquito breeding said Shane Lockwood, director of the .
“We haven’t seen many cases of things like West Nile Virus in the area, but it is still a real threat and we want residents to be proactive to avoid experiencing any dangers,” Lockwood said. “August and September are the prime breeding months for mosquitos and residents need to be prepared.”
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There have not been any cases of West Nile Virus reported in Connecticut in 2012, according to information from the federal Center for Disease Control, but there have been cases reported as nearby as New Jersey.
Click on the link for a complete map of cases reported this year.
Lockwood said taking simple steps can help prevent mosquito growth. Around the home residents should take the following precautions:
- Do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths, boats or wading pools. Change the water weekly.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers so they do not collect water.
- Clean out clogged gutters.
- Discard old tires, cans and other items that may be collecting water.
- Turn over items like small wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use so they do not collect water.
- Make sure screens on doors and windows are in good repair.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not in use.
To protect against and avoid mosquito bites, residents can:
- Limit time outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time.
- Consider using insect repellent. Repellent must be used according to the directions and cannot be used on infants.
If you have any questions please contact the Plainville-Southington Regional Health District at 860-276-6275 or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fight the Bite site: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/prevention_info.htm.
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