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.