Friday, June 21, 2024

Mosquito Season Closes In

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Are you ready for another annoying buzzing insect to take over our area? Mosquito season has arrived.

Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can also carry viruses and can make you sick.

Mosquitoes bite day and night and spread germs through bites. Prevent illness by protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend several things you can do to help control mosquitoes in and around your home:

  • Eliminate standing water both inside and outside of your home: Empty and scrub, turn over, cover or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots or trash containers once a week.
  • Repair cracks or gaps in septic tanks.
  • Use screens on windows and doors.
  • Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

If bites occur, the CDC recommends the following treatment:

  • Wash the bite and surrounding area with soap and water.
  • Apply an ice pack for 10 minutes to reduce swelling and itching. Reapply ice pack as needed.
  • Apply a mixture of baking soda and water, which can help reduce the itch response.
    • Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with just enough water to create a paste.
    • Apply the paste to the mosquito bite.
    • Wait 10 minutes.
    • Wash off the paste.
  • Use an over-the-counter anti-itch or antihistamine cream to help relieve itching. Follow the product label directions.

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