Michigan residents reminded to protect against mosquito bites
- Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.
- Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.
- Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.
Additionally, West Nile Virus activity in Michigan has increased. Health officials have identified eight infected birds and 12 positive mosquito pools in the Lower Peninsula. Mosquito-borne illness will continue to be a risk in Michigan until late fall when nighttime temperatures consistently fall below freezing.
Lastly, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recommends that residents protect their horses by:
- Talking to their veterinarian about vaccinating horses against the disease.
- Using fans in barns and bringing horses indoors from early evening until after sunrise when mosquitoes are most prevalent.
- Using an approved insect repellant on the animals.
- Contacting a veterinarian if your animal shows signs of illness.
For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, visit Michigan.gov/emergingdiseases.
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