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Practice mosquito safety

This marks the 10th annual “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA).
After several years of drought locally, and now being followed by higher than average rainfall rates, everyone is aware of the increase in the mosquito population. However, there are ways every citizen can reduce the number of mosquitoes in their neighborhood.
It is recommended that residents make it a habit every week (when putting out the garbage for pick up) to quickly check around their homes to remove, empty, invert or cover any items that can hold water for mosquito breeding.
Check for old tires, flowerpots, children’s toys, and in bottoms of boats. This routine must continue throughout the summer and into the fall. Once the rainfall stops, then the sprinklers will begin. Changing water in birdbaths at least once a week will remove mosquito larva and prevent mosquitoes from hatching.
When outdoors and mosquitoes are present, remember to use an insect repellent containing the chemical compound DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus and apply as directed on the label.
More information about mosquitoes can be obtained from American Mosquito Control Assn. – www.mosquito.org; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov; and Texas Dept. of State Health Services – www.dshs.state.tx.us.

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