Be prepared by controlling mosquitoes even before these diseases come to your area.
There are no treatments for any of these arboviral illnesses beyond supportive care and no vaccines are currently approved so mosquito prevention is crucial.
- The chances of being infected with these three illnesses can all be diminished by mosquito control.
- Aedes mosquitoes live and breed in fresh water near and in homes. Anything that can hold a cup or more of water including birdbaths, tire swings, planters, old bottles, trash cans, even the back of a toilet tank have all been breeding areas.
- There is no danger in touching mosquito larva and instructing your family in looking in your home and yard for containers with larva (or potential breeding containers) and dumping them out is a great way to involve everyone in mosquito vigilance.
- Controlling mosquitoes in your yard is most important, Aedes generally don’t fly all that far and most biting occurs from mosquitoes born and raised right in your neighborhood.
- Use CDC recommended insect repellents containing either 20% DEET, picaridin or IR3535. Use of permethrin spray on and clothing can all diminish the chances of being bitten. Treating lawn furniture, curtains, blinds, clothing and tents with permethrin and sleeping in screened or air conditioned rooms will help diminish bites from mosquitoes.
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: September 29, 2017