The City of Leitchfield has begun its mosquito fogging program for the season.
Rain and flooding may lead to an increased number of mosquitoes, common insects that breed in and around areas of standing water. Kentuckians should take steps to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds to avoid mosquito bites, which can cause illnesses such as West Nile Virus (WNV).
The state Department for Public Health urges Kentucky residents to maintain prevention efforts during times of flooding, and throughout the summer, until a hard freeze occurs.
Follow these tips to avoid mosquitoes:
Around the Home
Survey property for areas of standing water and eliminate mosquito breeding areas by removing it as it accumulates.
Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the containers for more than two days.
Be aware that mosquitos are most active at dawn, dusk and early evening. Stay inside during these times if possible.
Wear long-sleeved shirt and long pants outdoors.
Report swimming pools that are neglected and in a state of disrepair to your local health department.
Spray exposed areas of skin and clothing with repellents containing permethrin, DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), picardin or oil of lemon eucalyptis.
Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.
Don’t Forget Your Pets
Dogs and cats also are susceptible to diseases, such as WNV and other illnesses spread by mosquitoes. Pet owners should use a veterinarian-recommended mosquito and tick repellent. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.