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Fight The Bite

Mosquito season is upon us. With the warm, dry weather here in San Diego, mosquitoes can breed very quickly, which is why the County of San Diego's Environmental Health Department is warning residents to take precaution by safeguarding their homes and eliminating mosquito breeding grounds. Chris Conlan, Supervising Vector Ecologist with the county, talked to our Laura Cavanaugh about preventing diseases transmitted by mosquitoes like West Nile Virus and Zika.

Conlan reports mosquito season runs from April through October. Because mosquitoes transmit diseases, the County of San Diego is recommending that you protect yourself. The best way to reduce being bitten by mosquitoes is by dumping out standing water around your home. Some examples of breeding grounds include flower pot saucers, children's toys left outside, pet bowls, buckets, bird baths, tarps, anything that can collect a half inch of standing water can potentially breed mosquitoes.

Other ways to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites while traveling is by wearing long sleeves and pants outdoors, especially from dusk until dawn, and by applying mosquito repellent with DEET to exposed skin.

The county is also asking residents to be their eyes and ears. If you are seeing an inordinate amount of mosquito activity, green pools or dead birds, call them or report online.

Vector Control at (858) 694-2888, SDFightTheBite.com or download their app and report the activity there.

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