According to Durham’s Health Department, after doing some random testing to a pool of mosquitoes in the region of North Oshawa, they found out that these tiny insects were positive for West Nile Virus. So, they are encouraging people to take precautions against mosquito bites after two diseases contracted by bites have been detected in town — the West Nile Virus and the Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
The first disease is the West Nile Virus,or WNV can infect people of all ages. However, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk of severe illnesses. But what is the West Nile Virus or WNV? It is a mosquito-borne disease that is spread to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. While most people infected with the said virus have no symptoms, but once it is already present in our system, the indications include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.
The next one is the Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE. It is a rare but severe illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also infect people of all ages, but people under 15 years and over 50 years of age are at high risk of serious illness.
So, make sure to keep yourself away from mosquitoes to prevent these harmful diseases. Below are some of the tips you can use to deter mosquitoes from harming you.
Tips to Avoid Mosquito Bites:
Be mindful of mosquitoes “peak hours.”
Mosquitoes are very active during the hours of dusk to dawn since those were the times where often cooler and less windy. So, it is best to schedule your activities during the day, especially when it is an outdoor activity. Nonetheless, make sure to move around while doing your outside the house to keep mosquitoes from running into you.
Wear appropriate clothes
Yes! The clothes you are wearing is also vital in avoiding mosquito bites. To do that, you must wear light colors such as white or pastel colors because mosquitoes are attracted to dark or black colors. They will not attempt to get into you if you are wearing pastel-colored clothes. It is also best to wear something long such as long pants and long sleeves, it may be challenging during summer days, but it will make you invisible from mosquitoes. You can also put on socks when you are outside of the house.
Apply Insect Repellent
Insect repellent is your best friend to avoid mosquitoes from coming into you. But make sure that it is safe for everyone, especially children. It is one of the most effective ways to get rid of mosquitoes because of the elements found in it such as DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and permethrin. But it should not be used by children under the age of three.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home:
Remove standing water
We are all guilty about leaving standing water almost everywhere outside our house. But these standing water attracts mosquitoes and lay their eggs in it. Limit or remove all standing water in and out of your home to eliminate the growing population of mosquitoes. Check your surroundings and make sure that there’s no standing water in your area.
Install or Repair Screens
Some mosquitoes like to come inside the house. Install or repair your door screen and window screen to keep them from coming inside. Make sure that your screens are well fitted, and there’s no room for the entry of these mosquitoes.