April and May Showers Will Bring Mosquitoes — Be Prepared

Published on May 02, 2016

Early spring rains and rising temperatures mean an inevitable influx of mosquitoes to Arlington.

There are many steps you can take now to help fight disease-carrying insects from May through summer.

"We're working to make sure mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika and West Nile viruses don't become an issue here and we'll continue to monitor the situation as we head into peak season," Public Health Director Dr. Reuben Varghese said. "The best protection is to avoid being bitten, and there are precautions you can take to minimize risk."

Arlington Public Health suggests preparing now with these valuable tips to better protect yourself, your family and our community.

  • Drain sources of standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding:

    • Eliminate standing water on tarps and flat roofs.

    • Make sure that garbage can lids are placed securely on garbage cans.

    • Clean out birdbaths and wading pools once a week.

    • Turn over or remove containers in yards where rainwater collects, such as old tires, potted plant trays, boats, buckets and toys.

    • Clean roof gutters and downspout screens regularly.

  • Use an effective repellent, such as DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

    • A word on DEET: Follow directions on container and avoid spraying in eyes and mouth. American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that products containing up to 30 percent DEET are safe to use on anyone over two months of age.

  • Stay indoors to avoid bites. Many mosquitoes tend to be most active during dawn and dusk — but some species are active during the day as well.

  • Make sure door and window screens are intact. This prevents mosquitoes from entering your home.

  • Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors.

WATCH: Dr. Reuben Varghese, Public Health Division, Chief, highlights what you need to know about Zika and mosquitoes: