Volume 7, Issue 2
National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 24 – 30, 2018)
Summer is just around the corner and unwanted mosquitoes can be a problem. The San Bernardino County Mosquito & Vector Control Program (MVCP) has helpful tips to reduce the presence of these pesky blood-suckers.
While you are enjoying the outdoors, are you unknowingly breeding mosquitoes? Standing water can attract mosquitoes. MVCP recommends following the three Ds to keep mosquitoes away:
- Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Drain: Empty and scrub water containers at least once per week
- Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus
Ensure your yard is a mosquito-free zone by clearing roof gutters of debris; cleaning pet water dishes regularly; checking and emptying water from children’s toys; repairing leaky outdoor faucets and sprinklers; changing the water in bird baths weekly; and making sure swimming pools are maintained and the water kept clear. Mosquitoes need standing water to complete their life cycle. If standing water is eliminated, so are their offspring.
Mosquitoes are more than just an annoyance. Their bites spread diseases such as West Nile Virus. It is important to prevent the spread of these diseases by effective sustained mosquito control and community awareness.
If you are concerned about mosquitoes, standing water or if you would like more information, contact the Mosquito and Vector Control Program at 800-442-2283 or visit our webpage Mosquito and Vector Control Program.