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Freeholder Little offers Steps to keep Mosquitoes away from You and your Yard

mosquitoOcean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health, said, “It’s that time of year again that when you go outside certain times of day, you are likely to be bit by a pesky mosquito. Or since the Asian Tiger mosquitoes have invaded Ocean County, they are likely to be around ALL day. You can all take steps to keep mosquitoes away from you and your yard.”

Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, said, “The American Mosquito Control Association reminds people to remember the 3D’s of protection from mosquitoes: DRAIN, DRESS, and DEFEND. The Ocean County Health Department has always offered this advice each year to our many residents throughout the summer and fall months.”

Regarding draining; many problems arise due to water filled containers, planters, anything outside that might hold water. Mosquitoes require water in which to breed. Make sure you drain any standing water around your house. In addition:

•Dispose of any tires which can breed thousands of mosquitoes in water held inside tires.
•Drill holes in recycling containers.
•Clear roof gutters of debris.
•Clean pet water dishes and birdbaths frequently.
•Make sure toys are emptied of water.
•Canoes and other boats should be turned over.
•Avod water collecting on pool covers, tarps on wood piles, etc.
•Be careful to empty anything on your property of water, even something as small as a bottle cap.

When dressing; wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Studies have shown that mosquito species in the U.S. are more attracted to dark clothing and most can readily bite though tight-fitting clothing. If practical, wear long pants and sleeves.

Defend yourself against mosquitoes with a mosquito repellent that has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Four repellents that are approved and recommend are:

•DEET
•Picaridin
•Oil of lemon eucalyptus
•IR3535

Make sure you read the directions on the label before applying and apply the repellent sparingly and only to exposed skin. Keep repellents away from your eyes, nostrils and lips and do no inhale or ingest repellents.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that DEET-based repellents can be used on children as young as two months of age. Generally, the AAP recommends concentrations of 10% or less. Make sure you do not apply repellents to any portion of a child’s hands that are likely to have contact with their eyes or mouth. Use repellent sparingly and reapply as needed. Using more does not increase efficacy. Repellents can also be use by pregnant or nursing women.

Always call a physician if you suspect a reaction and make sure you bring the repellent with you.

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