Mosquito season is here! The City of Lamesa wants everyone to know some of the ways we can all reduce our risk of being bitten by mosquitoes!
- Avoid working or playing outdoors during periods when mosquito activity is at its peak, usually at dusk and at dawn
- Avoid weedy, brushy, and wooded or shaded areas, since mosquitoes may be active in those areas even during the day
- Eliminate sources of standing water, where possible, because it only takes a quarter of an inch of water for most mosquitoes to breed
- Remove or empty:
- Old tires
- Tin and aluminum cans
- Kiddy pools
- Potted plants
- Garbage cans
- Pet dishes
- Poorly operating gutters and drainage ditches
- Water left standing for more than a few days will become a perfect site for adult female mosquitoes to lay eggs. A container the size of a dog bowl, left with standing water that is not cleaned weekly, can produce more than a half-million mosquitoes in the course of one season
- Any standing water that can't be drained should be treated with 'BTI' larvicide, which is available at most home and garden stores
- Cover trash containers and dump birdbaths and small pools every week and refill
- Repair outside plumbing fixtures
- Keep all door and window screens in good condition
- Use yellow bug lights in outdoor lighting fixtures
- If you must be out during periods of mosquito activity, wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks. Spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellant containing DEET with a concentration of at least 30%. Concentrations of over 50% DEET have not shown a significant increase in protection. Please read and follow all label directions in applying any chemical to your skin, especially that of children
If everyone will take the necessary precautions, we will all sleep a little better at night knowing we have helped reduce the mosquito population and reduced our risk of exposure to all mosquito-borne diseases.
As always, citizens are encouraged to call the Public Works Offices of the City of Lamesa if they have a mosquito problem in their area. Remember to look in your own yard and property first; you may discover that those pesky little irritants are breeding near you.