If the heat and humidity were not bad enough, add insects to the list of nuisances and the Kansas summer can get long. Mosquitos are bugs known to be carriers of disease and givers of itchy bites. Take a few steps to avoid them and their negative effects.

  • Remove mosquito habitats.
    • Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.
    • Empty and change the water in birdbaths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy potential mosquito habitats.
  • Use appropriate pesticides.
    • Control adult mosquitoes using insecticides.
  • Use structural barriers.
    • Cover all gaps in walls, doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
    • Make sure window and door screens are in good working order.
  • Avoid getting bitten.
    • Keep mosquitoes away from exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks.
    • Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks to cover gaps in your clothing where mosquitoes can get to your skin.

For more information, see the EPA website.


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