Mosquitoes Abatement and Wyoming Department of Health Information
It is that time of year where pesky mosquitoes are in the Pinedale area. When the Mosquito Abatement District is spraying to mitigate the mosquitoes, this is a good time to stay indoors. Peep kids and pets indoors and limit your activity in affected areas.
The following information is provided by the Wyoming Department of Health about mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus:
Although mosquitoes are most active at dusk or dawn, some bite during the day. Mosquitoes will bite if you enter an area where they are resting, such as high grass or heavy underbrush. While it is not necessary to limit outdoor activity (unless there is evidence of mosquito-borne disease in the area), you can and should reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. Common sense steps you can take to minimize the probability of infection include remembering the 5 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention.
5 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention:
1. DAWN & 2. DUSK – When possible, avoid spending time outside at dawn and dusk. 3. DRESS– Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin. 4. DRAIN – Reduce the amount of standing water in or near your property by draining and/or removing it. Mosquitoes may lay eggs in areas with standing water. 5. DEET – For additional protection from mosquitoes, use an insect repellent containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) or picaridin (KBR 3023). Other insect repellents such as oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are also registered by the EPA but may be less effective than products containing DEET. It is important to follow the product guidelines when using insect repellent.