Mosquito Prevention Mosquito Pre by fjzhangxiaoquan


									                            Mosquito Prevention
                              and Protection

               Always remember the 3 D’s of protection from mosquitoes

D       rain
Many mosquito problems in your neighborhood
                                                      D       efend
                                                      Choose a mosquito repellent that has been
are likely to come from water-filled containers       registered by the Environmental Protection
that you, the resident, can help to eliminate. All    Agency. Registered products have been
mosquitoes require water in which to breed. Be        reviewed, approved, and pose minimal risk for
sure to drain any standing water around your          human safety when used according to label
house.                                                directions. Three repellents that are approved
                                                      and recommended are:
       Dispose of any tires. Tires can breed                  DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide)
       thousands of mosquitoes.                               Picaridin (KBR 3023)
       Drill holes in the bottom of recycling                 Oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-methane 3,8-
       containers.                                            diol, or PMD)
       Clear roof gutters of debris.
       Clean pet water dishes regularly.              Here are some rules to follow when using
       Check and empty children’s toys.               repellents:
       Repair leaky outdoor faucets.                         Read the directions on the label carefully
       Change the water in bird baths at least               before applying.
       once a week.                                          Apply repellent sparingly, only to exposed
       Canoes and other boats should be turned               skin (not on clothing).
       over.                                                 Keep repellents away from eyes, nostrils
       Avoid water collecting on pool covers.                and lips: do not inhale or ingest repellents
       Empty water collected in tarps around the             or get them into the eyes.
       yard or on woodpiles.                                 The American Academy of Pediatrics
       Plug tree holes.                                      suggests that DEET-based repellents can
       Even the smallest of containers that can              be used on children as young as two
       collect water can breed hundreds to                   months of age. Generally, the AAP
       thousands of mosquitoes. They don't need              recommends concentrations of 30% or
       much water to lay their eggs. (bottles,               less.
       barrels, buckets, overturned garbage can              Avoid applying repellents to portions of
       lids, etc.)                                           children's hands that are likely to have
                                                             contact with eyes or mouth.
                                                             Pregnant and nursing women should
                                                             minimize use of repellents.

D       ress
Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Some of
                                                             Never use repellents on wounds or
                                                             irritated skin.
                                                             Use repellent sparingly and reapply as
                                                             needed. Saturation does not increase
the 176 mosquito species are attracted to dark               efficacy.
clothing and some can bite through tight-fitting             Wash repellent-treated skin after coming
clothes. When practical, wear long sleeves and               indoors.
pants.                                                       If a suspected reaction to insect repellents
                                                             occurs, wash treated skin, and call a
                                                             physician. Take the repellent container to
                                                             the physician.

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