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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Buzz cut: Mosquito season arrives

On Friday, May 31, Nathan Powell was interviewed by WKYT about Environmental Health’s efforts to prevent the spread of mosquitoes in Fayette County throughout the summer.

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities throughout the summer. Spraying will start in the evening hours when mosquitoes are most active, 3-6 a.m.

What can you do to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, and how can you view when your zip code will be sprayed? Click the red “Read More…” link to find out.

Tips to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • Be aware of peak mosquito activity times. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times. Use insect repellent when outdoors especially during peak biting times, including early morning hours. Look for EPA-labeled repellants containing active ingredients, such as DEET, Picaridin (KBR3023), or oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-menthane 3,8-diol). Apply repellent according to label instructions. When weather permits, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent helps prevent bites.
  • Mosquito-proof your home and yard. Fix or install window and door screens. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Cover or eliminate empty containers with standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of containers such as: tires, gutters, flower pots, children’s toys, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels and cans.

For more information about LFCHD’s mosquito-spraying efforts, including up-to-date spraying schedules, and spray routes according to zip code, check out the health department’s website here.

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