BE PREPARED FOR TICKS AND MOSQUITOES
posted on 2017-04-05 by Donna Faber from health
Mild winter temperatures combined with a warm and wet early spring could mean early and prolific mosquitoes and ticks. Entomologists believe the insects may appear a week or two earlier than they have in other years.
FOR TICK PREVENTION:
1) Wear shoes that cover the entire foot (no sandals), socks, and long pants. Long- sleeved shirts are also desirable.
2) Pant legs should be stuffed into sock tops.
3) Since ticks will climb upward on the outer surface of clothing looking for bare skin, it is best to wear light-colored clothing to make it easy to see crawling ticks and remove them.
4) Hats will also help deter ticks from hiding in hair.
5) Use insect repellents with DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-touamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) on clothing and skin.
6) Check pets daily and treat with tick repellents.
FOR MOSQUITO PREVENTION:
1) Don’t go outdoors during prime biting times, particularly dusk to dawn. If you have
to be outdoors during these times, put on bug spray containing DEET, and wear
shirts with long sleeves and pants.
2) Protect your family by removing any amount of standing water in or near your home.