Summertime is still upon us and people are enjoying walks in the park, outdoor sporting events, and other outdoor activities. However people are not the only ones enjoying this warmer weather, vectors such as mosquitos and ticks thrive in this weather as well. They carry bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that can transfer to humans and cause disease such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) from mosquitos and Lyme disease from ticks.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from disease such as West Nile Virus is to:
Mosquitos are most active from dusk to dawn
Wear long sleeved clothing
Use insect repellents on exposed skin
Always use repellents as directed by the product label
Never use insect repellent on infants under 3 months
Do not use oil of lemon eucalyptus products on children under 3 years old
Never use permethrin products onskin
When returning home, wash off repellent with water and soap.