National Mosquito Control Awareness Week
National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is June 19-25. The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) aims to educate and protect OC residents against vectors and prevent vector-borne diseases in an environmentally responsible manner.
For information and resources regarding mosquito control, the invasive Aedes mosquito, how you can become a neighborhood advocate, West Nile virus updates and more, visit ocvector.org.
Follow these tips to prevent mosquito bites:
- Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin before going outdoors; reapply as recommended
- Wear repellent clothing containing DEET®, Picaridin, IR3535 or lemon eucalyptus oil
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and opt for lighter-colored clothing
- Dump and drain outdoor containers filled with water at least weekly
- Close all unscreened doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home or space; repair broken or damaged screens
Around the home, eliminating breeding sources for mosquitoes is critical:
- Dump and drain containers filled with water at least once a week
- Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls weekly
- Dump water from potted plant saucers
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