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Mosquito Warning from DeKalb County BOH

The DeKalb County Board of Health is advising everyone to take steps to prevent mosquito bites this fall.  Individuals should take particular care when doing yard work, such as raking and gardening.  Mosquitoes will continue to bite, even when, temperatures go as low as 50 degrees.

Five DeKalb residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus this year. Infected mosquitoes transmit the virus when they bite humans.

These cases call attention to the need to continue taking precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes.  The Board of Health strongly recommends that you:

  • Reduce mosquito breeding in your yard by eliminating standing water in gutters and items such as planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.
  • Discourage mosquitoes from resting in your yard by trimming tall grass, weeds and vines.
  • Rake up fallen magnolia leaves.
  • Make sure window and door screens fit tightly to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Keep water containers like rain barrels and cisterns from breeding mosquitoes. Use screens or mosquito larvicide products. A larvicide is a chemical that kills mosquitoes before they are old enough to fly.
  • Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, when the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are most active.
  • On skin, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.  Apply according to label instructions.
  • Spray clothing with products containing permethrin.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas with large numbers of mosquitoes.