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It was a wet, cool spring and now there is a bumper crop of mosquitoes to contend with. Heather Kaisner with the Deschutes County Public Health says there are simple things you can do to protect you and your family from the hungry insects. "Right now is a great time to just kind of go through your yard and your area and make sure you've cleaned all of your rain gutters, so water flows freely. Turn over buckets or flowerpots that are filling with water. Your birdbath: you should put in fresh water at least once a week. And then those wading pools that people have on their backyards; be sure everyday to turn them over, take the water out when they're not in use." Kaisner says to watch anything that has standing water, because that's where mosquitoes hatch. She adds that staying inside during the dawn and dusk hours helps because that's when the insect’s feed, and using a good repellant with DEET or picardin (which id odorless), oil of lemon eucalyptus or IT-3535  also helps. Kaisner says, although West Nile Virus has never been detected in Deschutes County, the insects are plentiful and their bites are a nuisance.

 

 

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