Summer May Be Gone but Mosquitoes are Not | Environment
The weather may be cooling off but that doesn’t mean that mosquitoes aren’t still around and potentially carrying West Nile Virus (WNV). Both WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes and can cause mild to serious illness. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night and early morning.
The Glynn County Health Department encourages residents to continue taking appropriate precautions to minimize mosquitoes around their property.
There a several easy things you can do to reduce mosquito breeding including removing water-holding containers, changing water frequently in pet dishes, changing bird bath water at least twice a week, and avoiding using saucers under outdoor potted plants. In addition, consider organizing or participating in clean-up activities to pick up garbage from parks and other public spaces. By helping to limit potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, every resident can contribute to reducing the nuisance caused by mosquitoes and stop the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.
The Glynn County Health Department encourages residents to follow the five “Ds” of prevention:
- Dusk – Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus usually bite at dusk and dawn.
- Dawn – Avoid outdoor activity at dusk and dawn if possible. If you must be outside, be sure to protect yourself from bites.
- Dress – Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
- DEET – Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the chemical DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.
- Drain – Empty any containers holding standing water because they can be excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.