Summer is mosquito season, and positive West Nile Virus tests in mosquitoes are detected every year in Colorado. It’s time to practice the “four Ds” to protect yourself and your family: drain any standing water around your house, at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active take extra precautions, dress in long sleeves or pants and use DEET repellant or one with Picariden or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Like several other jurisdictions, Lakewood has detected the virus. There has been positive West Nile Virus tests from mosquito traps during July in Sanctuary Park in the central Lakewood area. The City does perform larval treatments in some areas to take extra precautions. For more information about protections from West Nile Virus, visit the Jefferson County Public Health website.
The 4 Ds of West Nile Virus Prevention
DRAIN: Drain or empty standing water around your home and neighborhood because that is where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
DUSK/DAWN: Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and early morning (dusk and dawn) or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times when mosquitoes are most active.
DRESS: Dress in long sleeves and pants during dusk and dawn or in areas where mosquitoes are active. Wearing light-colored clothing might also help prevent being bitten.
DEET, Picariden or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus: Wear insect repellant containing either DEET, Picariden or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
• Follow label instructions
• Apply repellants to exposed skin or clothing.
• Never use repellants over cuts, wounds or irritated skin
• If using DEET, choose the concentration that best fits the amount of time spent outside. Twenty-five percent DEET lasts up to five hours, 5 percent lasts 45-90 minutes. Use a concentration of 30 percent or less for children.
• DEET should not be used on children less than 6 months of age. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children less than 3 years of age.
Posted on: Friday, July 12, 2013