By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Summer is primetime for mosquitoes.Mosquitoes can transfer and transmit diseases, such as West Nile virus, to humans and they can cause sickness or sometimes even death.
Water that sits for longer than 48 hours can have enough algae and bacteria to support mosquito larvae development, according to the West Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District. Here are some tips for combatting mosquitoes:
- Get rid of or change standing water in areas where water collects
- Avoid going out around dusk to dawn
- Wear long sleeves and long pants where mosquito activity is high
- Use insect repellents on the skin and clothing
- Ponds and water gardens should have the surface of the water agitated using a sprinkler or other pumping device, and if possible, mosquitofish.
- For small ponds, use a Mosquito Dunk, a target specific larvicide which slowly dissolves as it floats on standing water.
- For more tips, visit https://www.wvmvcd.org/