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Platte County offers tips for mosquito control

It’s mosquito season and the Platte County Health Department has several tips for protecting family and pets from mosquitoes.

▪ Outside your home:

Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes breed such as toys, buckets, pools and trash containers. Cover boats or wheels barrels or store upside down. Keep roof gutters clean and draining properly.

Stir ornamental pools and water gardens frequently, stock them with mosquito-eating fish or provide constant water movement, like a bubbler.

Maintain swimming pools and drain pools that are not being used or treat them with larvicide.

Tightly cover water storage containers so mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.

Change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Mow the lawn regularly and eliminate areas of tall weeds.

▪ Inside your home:

Keep windows and doors shut and use air conditioning when possible.

Since mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under sinks, in closets, under furniture, and in laundry rooms, use an indoor fogger or indoor insect spray to reach and treat those areas.

▪ For personal protection against mosquitoes:

Wear light-colored clothing. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirts when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active.

Consider using a mosquito repellant with DEET when outdoors. Use according to directions and wash all treated skin and clothing when returning indoors.

Larvicide briquettes are available at the Platte County Health Department for $1.50 and in most home improvements stores. The briquettes prevent mosquito larvae from maturing. For information, call Platte County Health at 816-858-2412.