Fight the Bite! Mosquito Prevention in Lacombe




The City of Lacombe is reminding residents to protect themselves and their families against mosquito bites and the risk of West Nile virus infection this summer. Whether gardening, golfing, fishing or even just relaxing outdoors, citizens are encouraged to follow these simple tips in order to fight the bite: 
     
1. COVER UP: wear long sleeves and pants, in light colors and loose fitting.  Covering up as much as possible as mosquitoes can bite through tight clothes e.g. leggings and jeans. Wear a hat, and consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

       2. REPEL: Use an effective mosquito repellent.  A product with DEET is your best protection.  Lemon eucalyptus oil is also effective for shorter periods of time. 

3. ELIMINATE: Prevent mosquitoes from breeding.  Residents and businesses are asked to look around their properties and remove or drain any standing water.  Mosquitoes can lay up to 250 eggs at a time in still water (fresh, salty, stagnant), which can start to hatch in 7-10 days. If standing water is removed weekly, many mosquitoes can be kept from breeding, eliminating the need to use pesticides against adult mosquitoes. 

For more information and tips, Albertans can visit www.fightthebite.info or call Health Link Alberta, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free at 1.866.408.5465 (LINK).

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