CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Summer is just about in full swing throughout the Heartland and with that means the bugs are out.
Mosquito bites can not only cause temporary discomfort but they can also carry deadly diseases like West Nile virus.
Here are some tips from the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Department on how you can avoid bites this summer season:
- Anytime you are going outside, spray your skin and clothes with bug repellent containing the chemical deet
- Children between the ages of 2-12 years old should use sprays containing no more than 10% deet
- Anyone above the age of 12 years old should use repellents with no more than 50% deet
- Wear long clothing
- Avoid extensive outdoor time at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
- Avoid areas with standing water
- Clean out standing water around the home in places like lawn decorations, toys and gardening supplies
- Change water in birdbaths, pet water bowls, smalls fountains about every other day
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says children and the elderly are especially susceptible to West Nile because they typically have weaker immune systems.
Check the Health Department's
for more information.