"Fight The Bite"
Madison residents should be prepared to do more than just swat at mosquitoes in the effort to "Fight the Bite" against the West Nile virus. Spreading the word that prevention is half the battle, the Mississippi State Department of Health is urging citizens to adopt a few measures that could make outdoor activities safer.
Whit Hawkins, Public Works Director, is working to promote public education locally so that everyone can assist in the control of the mosquito.
He recommends the following tips to help fight the mosquito threat:
- Apply an insect repellent containing DEET to exposed skin.
- Whenever possible, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, & socks when outdoors. Whenever possible does not mean when convenient or fashionable. It means whenever possbile with the exception of when swimming.
- Spray clothing (natural fibers only) with an insect repellent containing DEET since mosquitoes can bite though thin clothing. Do not apply any repellent containing DEET under your clothes. Wash the repellent off when returning indoors.
- Place mosquito netting over infant carriers when you are outdoor with infants.
- Consider staying indoors at dawn, dusk and the early evening, which are peak mosquito biting times. Consider avoiding outdoor activities at these times. If that isn't possible, take extra care to use insect repellent containing DEET and protective clothing.
- Do not leave windows and doors with screens open. Install or repair window and door screens so that mosquitoes cannot get inside.
- Change the water in your pets' dishes and birdbaths daily.
Click here for more tips from the Mississippi State Department of Health.