How to Reduce Mosquitos Around Your Home
Video by Susan M. Collins-Smith
September has arrived, and that has me thinking about all things fall. But the reality is it’s still sweltering outside, and we’ve got several more weeks of defending ourselves against mosquitoes.
Last week the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed two new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the total to nine. While most people can fight off the infection, others can experience long-term effects from the disease or develop encephalitis or meningitis.
There are some simple steps you can take to avoid being bitten.
- Remove any standing water around your home to reduce mosquito breeding.
- Always wear an insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET, when outdoors.
- Wear loose-fitting long-sleeved tops and long pants.
- Avoid being outdoors during the early morning and early evening when mosquitoes are most active.
For more information about mosquito-borne illnesses and how to protect yourself, visit the Mississippi State Department of Health website at HealthyMS.com/westnile.
Extension publication IS1960 “Integrated Mosquito Management” can help you implement a plan to reduce mosquitoes while using minimal pesticides.
Learn more about mosquito-borne illnesses and how to protect yourself in Extension publication 2530, “Mosquitoes, West Nile, and Other Encephalitis Viruses: What You Can Do To Protect Yourself.”
Extension’s publication 2699, “Identification Guide to Adult Mosquitoes” will help you identify mosquitoes found in Mississippi. This can be helpful hands-on guide for teachers and public health workers.
The life cycle and control methods for different types of mosquitoes is covered in Extension publication 2336, “The Southern House Mosquito and Related Species: Biology and Control.”
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