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Sept. 26, 2019

People Everywhere Continue Personal Protection Measures -

Mosquitoes Remain a Threat in the Environment

OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Public Health Department is reminding people that, although the days are becoming shorter and the temperatures are beginning to dip, mosquitoes are still active, and the threat of mosquito-borne diseases remains until the first hard frost of the season. Residents and visitors to the county must continue to use personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites as they enjoy outdoor activities during the nice weather.

"After aerial spraying and relatively low temperatures, the mosquito population has been reduced and, while people may not see them as frequently, they are still active in the environment until the first heavy frost," said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. "With the nice fall weather, people are out hiking, fishing, and enjoying other outdoor activities. It is very important for them to remain vigilant and continue to follow their personal protection practices and reduce mosquito populations around their homes."

People are advised to use insect repellents when participating in outdoor activities, wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, socks and shoes when possible, and limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are effective. Repellents which contain permethrin are meant for clothing and gear and should not be applied directly to the skin. Read the product label for repellents and follow package instructions.

The Oswego County Health Department also advises people to reduce the mosquito habitat around their homes. They need to repair or replace window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside and reduce or eliminate all standing water such as:

For more information about protecting your family against mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3557 or visit the New York State Department of Health website at http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2731/.

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