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Avoid Mosquito Bites and West Nile Virus

June 19, 2014 02:43 AM
DEET Large amounts of rain and hot-humid temperatures make this time of year prime mosquito season, so it’s important to make sure you and your family members are taking the necessary precautions. The Oklahoma City County Health Department (OCCHD) recommends following the four Ds:
  • Dusk to Dawn – Mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are most active during these hours, so if you must go outside at these times, take precautions.
  • Dress – Wear long sleeves with cuffs and long pants wherever mosquitoes are most likely to be biting and tuck your pants into your socks.
  • DEET – Use an insect repellant containing DEET on any exposed skin.
  • Drainage – Check regularly around your home for any water accumulation that could provide mosquito breeding grounds. For pools, hot tubs or other water features, make sure you cover, drain or maintain these sources to eliminate mosquito habitat.
You are in control! Wearing insect repellent is the most effective way to prevent mosquito and tick-borne disease. Remember the four Ds when you head outside this time of year. What are some ways you keep the bugs away?

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