Zika

Zika Environmental Toolkit

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Protect Yourself And Your Family From Mosquitoes Around Your Home

Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes this Summer

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Zika Spring and Summer Break Precautions

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Zika Key Facts

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As most of you are already aware, there is a significant outbreak of Zika virus currently ongoing in many parts of the world.  This virus, which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from relatively mild in healthy adults to much more serious health impacts for pregnant women and their unborn children.   Although local transmission of the disease via the mosquito has yet to be confirmed here in the United States  the Department of Public Health is actively planning on ways to better educate the public about the dangers of Zika virus and things they can do to protect themselves. 

 

In an effort to help you spread the word about Zika and mosquito prevention efforts within your local community, we have created an Environmental Tool Kit, of sorts, to help you share information. Included in the tool kit are three environmentally focused  draft press releases that can be edited with your agency information for quick release; a resource guide of key CDC information; and several CDC posters that can be reprinted to help visually communicate how people can protect themselves and their families. 

Misquito Prevention

Protect Yourself And Your Family From Mosquitoes Around Your Home

                                       

The Boyle County Health Department advises homeowners to begin preparing now for summer mosquito season by ridding their environments of potential mosquito breeding areas. Mosquitoes are a common insect in Kentucky, particularly in the warmer months. Besides being a nuisance, some mosquitoes are known to carry diseases. You should take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from potential exposures by reducing possible breeding locations in and around your home.

 

We should be mindful of areas and objects around our homes that can hold water and also support mosquito breeding. Birdbaths, clogged gutters, flower pots and any other container that retains water is likely to become a breeding site if left untreated. We highly recommend that everyone monitor the areas around your home and remove all sources of standing water in order to reduce the areas where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.

 

The Aedes species of mosquitoes, now in the news due to their association with the Zika virus, are particularly good at using common household containers as breeding locations. These mosquitoes are small in size and dark in color, with white stripes on their legs. Some mosquito species found in Kentucky lay eggs that can survive throughout the winter months and begin hatching as soon as the temperatures begin to warm up. Several of these mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters, with peak biting times during the early morning and late afternoon. They have short flight ranges, so many of the mosquitoes encountered in your backyard most likely originated there. For those reasons, it is important to reduce or eliminated potential breeding sites in and around your homes.

 

 

The Boyle County Health Department urges residents to continue their prevention efforts throughout the spring and summer seasons by utilizing the following tips in and around your homes.

 

  • Survey property for areas of standing water, and eliminate mosquito breeding areas by removing water as it accumulates.
  • Some species of mosquitoes can breed in containers of water as small as a bottle cap. Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools, or other containers that hold water.
  • Check your yard weekly for water-filled containers. Throw away or recycle containers that aren’t needed.
  • If empty containers must be kept, make sure to store them by covering or otherwise preventing water from accumulating in them.
  • Clean and scrub bird baths and pet watering dishes weekly and dump water from overflow dishes under potted plants and flower pots. Ensure that gutters are not holding water and cover rain barrels with tight screening so that mosquitoes cannot enter.
  • Fill tree holes with sand or soil.

 

 

Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes this Summer

LHD Encourages Outdoor Activities, Emphasizes Mosquito Protection

 

Mosquitoes are a common insect in Kentucky, particularly in the warmer months. Besides being a nuisance, some mosquitoes are known to carry disease. You should take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from potential exposures that might occur through the bite of an infected mosquito.

The Boyle County Health Department advises taking preventive steps to avoid mosquitoes.

 

-Areas of standing water are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. All homeowners should prevent mosquitoes from breeding near their homes by eliminating all areas of standing available water, even the smallest puddle of water is a potential breeding site for mosquitoes, including those that spread disease each year.

 

The Boyle County Health Department urges all residents to continue prevention efforts throughout the summer season by utilizing the following tips in and around their homes.

 

  • Survey property for areas of standing water, and eliminate mosquito breeding areas by removing water as it accumulates.
  • Aedes species mosquitoes, a known carrier of disease, may breed in containers as small as a bottle cap. Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools, or other containers that hold water.
  • Check your yard weekly for water filled containers. Throw away or recycle containers that aren’t needed.
  • If empty containers must be kept, make sure to store them by covering or otherwise preventing water from accumulating in them.
  • Clean and scrub bird baths and pet watering dishes weekly and dump water from overflow dishes under potted plants and flower pots. Ensure that gutters are not holding water and cover rain barrels with tight screening so that mosquitoes cannot enter.
  • Fill tree holes with sand or soil.

 

Aedes species mosquitoes are known transmitters of numerous viruses such as Zika virus, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile Virus, and eastern equine encephalitis. They are also transmitters of dog heartworm parasites and will bite pets as well as humans. Aedes are actually quite small, and are dark in color with white stripes and bands on the legs.

Aedes mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters, with peak biting times during the early morning and late afternoon. These mosquitoes have a short flight range, meaning most mosquitoes encountered in your backyard likely originated there.

 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is working with numerous state and local partners to increase mosquito surveillance and control efforts across the state. Despite these efforts, all Kentuckians are encouraged to take active parts in reducing mosquito populations around their homes by eliminating potential breeding sites and protecting themselves when conducting outdoor activities. It is important that everyone act to protect yourself and your loved ones this summer from mosquito bites and potential illness they might carry. The local health department strongly advises that all residents of the area follow these recommendations to prevent mosquito bites,

 

  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. When used as directed these are safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Always follow directions, and reapply. Apply sunscreen prior to insect repellent if using both.
  • Do not use insect repellents on babies under two months of age. Instead, dress your baby in clothing that covers the arms and legs, or cover crib, stroller, or carrier with mosquito netting.
  • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin. Do not use permethrin directly on your skin.

 

For further information regarding Aedes mosquitoes and the diseases that they may transmit, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/zika.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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