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We all love the summer, but July and August are the prime months for mosquito population throughout Montgomery County so it’s up to us to protect ourselves while we’re enjoying summer activities. Most of us know from personal experience that it’s nearly impossible to avoid mosquitoes, but here are a few ways to protect yourself.
Be Aware. If the threat of disease transmission is high, the county takes advantage of various information sources to share with the public.*
Cover Up. When venturing to prime mosquito areas, cover as much skin as possible to prevent mosquito bites.
Adjust Activities. Mosquitoes prefer high humidity and low wind so adjust times when possible to avoid bites.
Clean Up. Any place with water standing longer than five days becomes a perfect place for mosquitoes to breed. Keep trash bins closed, change water in bird baths or fountains regularly and cover children’s toys that will gather water.
Use Repellents. There are many repellents, natural and chemical, to keep mosquitoes away.
*The Montgomery County Health Department tracks and shares information on mosquito populations within the County. For more information on how Montgomery County is monitoring the mosquito population and further tips on prevention please visit their website at http://www.montcopa.org/562/West-Nile-Virus.