The weather is getting warmer. Summer is on the way! You look forward to hanging out in the backyard, grilling out & playing with your kids & pets, but are you prepared for insect season?
Last month, we told you how to protect your pets. Here are a few things to know to protect yourself this season.
DID YOU KNOW THAT ILLNESSES FROM MOSQUITO, FLEA AND TICK BITES HAVE TRIPLED IN THE U.S.?
“Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and Chikungunya—a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea—have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick. And we don’t know what will threaten Americans next,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “Our Nation’first lines of defense are state and local health departments and vector control organizations, and we must continue to enhance our investment in their ability to fight against these diseases.”
Ticks and mosquitoes are spreading germs in increasing numbers, moving into new areas & putting more people at risk of infection.
So, what can you do?
- Use insect repellent.
- Wear appropriate clothing.
- Use bed nets if sleeping outdoors.
- To stop ticks, tuck long pants into your socks and avoid tall grass and underbrush.
- Keep your screens in good repair.
- Plant mosquito repelling plants near your home.
- These include scented geraniums, lemon thyme, marigold, tansy, citrosa plants, sweet basil and/or sassafras.
- Eliminate the standing water that mosquitoes need to reproduce.
- Encourage natural predators.
- There are plenty to choose from: ladybugs, bats, dragonflies, praying mantis, spiders, and birds. Stock ponds with fish will also eat mosquito larvae.
- Use yellow light bulbs in outdoor fixtures.
- Have your yard treated for these insects!
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