Safety tip: Avoid mosquitoes this summer (July 29, 2020 Hotline)

Safety tip: Avoid mosquitoes this summer

It’s that season when we see often downpours resulting in everything from puddles to ponds of standing water on the streets and in our yards. Mosquitoes breed in as little as a teaspoon of water. The NMSU Fire Department suggests the following tips to avoid these insects that can carry diseases.

  • Avoid outdoors when mosquitoes are out in force. Many types of mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn.
  • Wear clothing that covers the skin, made of cotton or any other light materials. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are recommended.
  • If you must go outside when exposure to mosquitoes is likely, repellents containing DEET are recommended. Researchers have determined it is the most effective mosquito repellent.
  • Make sure windows remain closed at night or are sealed completely by screens.
  • Eliminate standing water around your home to prevent the opportunity for mosquitoes to breed.

Regardless of the weather patterns, there are plenty of potential places that give mosquitoes a chance to lay eggs. Anything from a neglected birdbath to rubber tires or a clogged rain gutter can provide enough standing water to attract mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes can transmit dangerous diseases. If you or your family experience headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness or confusion after a mosquito bite, contact your physician immediately.

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