Mosquitoes Capable of Carrying Disease Found Right Here at Home

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Pests in Indiana can carry deadly diseases like West Nile virus. If you aren't careful you can be extremely affected by them. Just because the chikungunya virus isn't prevelant in the US, does not mean residents shouldn't worry about mosquitoes. An Allen County resident recently returned from the Caribbean with virus. 

People who have been bitten by mosquitoes have suffered severe headaches, dizziness, rash and fatigue. Starting in July, the Fort Wayne-Allen County health department will be trapping the blood sucking pests and testing them to help prevent harmful measures.

If you are outdoors be sure to cover up and use insect repellent. Mosquitoes like to bite during all times of the day, not just at dawn. Also, wear long pants and long sleeve shirts to help reduce being bit.  

Residents can do their part to reduce mosquito breeding by cleaning out clogged gutters, replacing the water in bird baths, emptying flower pots and other containers with water. Residents can also purchase a hand fogger or a barrier spray for short bushes and trees to help cut down on the mosquito population. 

For more information, visit www.allencountyhealth.com or call (260) 449-7459.

MOSQUITO PREVENTION

Check your property for breeding sites.  Eliminate any sources of standing water.  Clean out gutters and birdbaths.  Properly dispose of tires.  Maintain swimming pools and hot tubs. Make sure septic tanks, rain barrels and garbage cans are covered.

Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

Limit time spent outdoors during peak mosquito biting times.

When possible, wear loose, light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts and pants.

Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET, pericardia, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.