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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Help Us Reduce Mosquitoes

Mosquito

Orange County has experienced an increase in West Nile virus activities over the last few years. Furthermore, the presence of the invasive Aedes mosquitoes threatens the county with diseases such as Zika virus, dengue fever, and Chikungunya.

Residents should take the following precautions to help reduce the chances of being bit by mosquitoes:

  • Dump and drain any containers filled with water at least once a week
  • Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls weekly
  • Dump water from potted plant saucers
  • Do not transport or share plant stems rooted in water
  • Drill a hole or puncture containers to eliminate standing water

Here are some tips to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Apply mosquito repellents to exposed skin before going outdoors; reapply as recommended
  • Wear repellent containing DEET®, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Close all unscreened doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home or space; repair broken or damaged screens
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and opt for lighter-colored clothing

For more information, visit www.ocvector.org 

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