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Warning: Protect trick-or-treaters - from 'skeeters!
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Warning: Protect trick-or-treaters - from 'skeeters!

Bartow, FL -- The Polk County Health Department is encouraging all adults to protect their trick-or-treaters from mosquitoes this Halloween by taking some basic precautions.

Mosquitoes are usually most active during dusk and dawn.

However, recent heavy rainfalls in our area have caused an unusual increase in mosquito activity during the daytime, say health officials.

If you have to be outdoors, they recommend taking the following steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • Cover up.  Wear clothing that covers most of the skin.
  • Use repellents.  Those containing up to 30 percent DEET are recommended.  Picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, and IR3535 are also effective.  Some repellents are not suitable for children. Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent.
  • Drain standing water from areas around your home.  This is where mosquitoes lay eggs. And repair torn screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.

Although no human cases of any mosquito-borne illness have occurred in Polk County, recent reports of West Nile virus have been confirmed in sentinel chickens from surrounding counties indicating a need for increased vigilance, say health workers.

Polk County residents experiencing mosquito annoyance should call (863) 534-7377, ext. 237, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or send an email to skeeter@polk-county.net.

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