World Mosquito Day (August 20) isn’t a day off for the pesky insects that can transmit diseases. Neither should you take the day off from avoiding bites and ridding your homes and yards of areas where mosquitoes breed.
Mosquitoes can spread diseases such as West Nile. The most common diseases that could potentially be carried by mosquitoes in South Carolina, home to at least 61 different species, include: West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis virus, and dog/cat heartworm.
Although August 20 is the mosquito’s day, so to speak, DHEC urges residents to not feed or house the insects. Take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and rid your home and yard of areas where they breed.
Reduce the numbers of adult mosquitoes around your home.
- Drain, fill or eliminate sites that have standing water.
- Empty or throw away containers — from bottles and jars to tires and kiddie pools — that have standing water.
Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning or make sure that you repair and use window/door screens.
Avoid Mosquitoes: Most mosquito species bite during dawn, dusk, twilight hours and night. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas.
Wear insect repellent: When used as directed, the proper insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself from mosquito bites — even children and pregnant women should protect themselves.
Cover up: When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
So, apply the repellent, empty or get rid of containers in your yard holding water and have a Happy World Mosquito Day.
Click here to learn more about protecting yourself and your home from mosquitoes.
Visit the DHEC website to learn more about mosquitoes and the diseases they can spread.