Bug experts at Michigan State University say there are fewer mosquitoes this summer after a cold winter and a few dry spells.
That doesn't mean that there aren't some waiting to buzz around your holiday outing. And with a West Nile Virus infected crow discovered in Mason, you will want to take precautions against mosquitoes, which carry the virus.
Those bug experts say the best way to prevent mosquito bites is repellant, long sleeves and light clothing. Also, you should avoid pools of stagnant water and marshy water.
Still, etymologists say the West Nile Virus threat is small.
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Mosquito Protection Tips
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hats and boots to reduce exposed skin.
- Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
- Apply repellent liberally to all exposed skin areas.
- Apply repellents to clothing, shoes, tents, mosquito nets, and other gear.
- Use mosquito coils (ensure coils do not contain DDT).
- Sleep in well-screened areas whenever possible.
- Ensure that door and window screens fit tightly and do not have holes.
- Insect repellents that contain 30-35 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) will provide adults with sufficient protection. The concentration of DEET in a repellent should not exceed 35 percent. Products with lower concentrations of DEET are effective but for a shorter period of time.
- Reducing the amount of standing water on your property can significantly decrease the potential for mosquito breeding around your home.
- Common breeding sites may include garbage cans, clogged roof gutters/drainage ditches, birdbaths, pool covers, flowerpots, tires, tarps, rainwater barrels, wading pools etc.
- Containers that may accumulate water should be removed or holes drilled in the bottom.
- Pools should be maintained and ornamental pools aerated or stocked with fish.
Source: www.lambtonhealth.on.ca/environmental/mosquito.asp contributed to this report.