lay up to 250 eggs at a time in still water, which will hatch in 7 to
10 days. If standing water is eliminated weekly, many mosquitoes will
be kept from breeding in the first place, eliminating the need to use
pesticides against adult mosquitoes. This also reduces the number of mosquitoes
around the house. Here is a checklist and some things you can do:
Check for items that might hold water including wheelbarrows, tires,
hubcaps, toys, garden equipment, pool covers, tarps, plastic sheeting,
pipes, drains, boats, canoes, recycling bins and trash.
Remove standing water in ponds, ditches, clogged rain gutters, flower
pots, plant saucers, puddles, buckets, jars and cans.
change water in birdbaths and wading pools weekly. Drill
drainage holes in tire swings.
ponds and fountains with fish that eat mosquito larvae.
Avoid mosquitoes by staying indoors at dawn and dusk when they
are most active.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
Apply insect repellent that contains DEET. Follow directions carefully.
Install or repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out.
Q. Is DEET safe for use on children?
A. Repellent products must state any age restriction on the label. If there is none, the EPA has not required a restriction on the use of the product.
You may apply a product containing up to 30% DEET on any child over two months of age. Do not let children apply it themselves, and be sure everyone washes their hands well so that they do not get anything in their eyes or mouth. Always follow directions carefully.
Q. Is Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus safe for use on children?
A. According to the label, oil of lemon eucalyptus products should NOT be used on children under 3 years of age.
American Academy of Pediatrics Link
more information call the toll-free
Colorado West Nile Virus HelpLine
1- 877- 462-2911
Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
CDC West Nile Virus InfoLines
Hearing-impaired TDD: 1-866-874-2646
and Answers (CDC)
Nile Information Pages (Colo.)
• Print a personal protection
a home and garden checklist
and bird identification chart
• DEET- Products
a DEET brochure
• Print a DEET brochure
• DEET Online Website
• New Repellents Approved (CDC)
and Folk Remedies
Spraying in Colorado
listing of commercial pesticide applicators licensed in Colorado
and Honey Bees
• Naled Insecticide Factsheet
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