2018-06-07 / Front Page

Health department reminds residents to Tip ’n’ Toss after recent heavy rains

Lincoln County has experienced more than its fair share of rain this month. Undoubtedly, the rain will stop, eventually, but it may not be the end of the trouble. Wet weather is prime breeding ground for mos­quitos. The number of Americans getting diseases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites has more than tripled over the past 12 years, ac­cording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.

Doctors say this season may be the most brutal one yet.

You can’t get rid of all mosqui­toes, but you need to take steps to cut down those that might breed in your own back yard.

The Lincoln County Department of Public Health is still promoting its “Tip ’n’ Toss” campaign. This is a catchy campaign to encour­age homeowners to tip over any containers that may collect stand­ing water and toss out any stagnant water collected after a rainstorm or watering plants.

Mosquitos breed in pools of wa­ter as small as a bottle cap so it’s important to keep your property as dry as possible. It’s also important to repair leaky faucets to prevent pooling water, and to seal all en­tryways and fix window screens to keep mosquitos out.

“Even though it’s not a top head­line in the media like last year, Zika is still very prevalent. It’s carried by a specific type of mosquito that bites during daytime hours and through the night, so it’s important to always wear an EPA-registered repellent. They are proven safe and effective for all ages, including pregnant women,” said the Lincoln County Health Department charge nurse, Hillary Daniels.

She went on to state that while travelling this summer, whether it’s to the beach or across the world, it’s always a good idea to check the CDC website (www.cdc.gov) for travel updates including needed vaccines, any food-related out­breaks, or illness outbreaks.

Moreover, rain water barrels may be covered with wire mesh as long as it has holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

Larvicides, available in most home or hardware stores, can be used to treat areas that can’t be drained, covered, or removed. Used as directed, it is harmless to birds, fish, wildlife, and pets. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, larvicides target larvae in the breeding habitat before they can mature into adult mosquitoes.

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