National Mosquito Control Awareness Week runs from June 24 to 30. The week stresses control and prevention of mosquitoes, which carry the risk of disease.
"The week of June 24 is an opportunity for us to share valuable information with the public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout our state," said Sue Ferguson, an environmental health manager with S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of Environmental Health, in a statement. "Everyone can take part in local mosquito prevention and control efforts by doing some basic cleaning activities around their home.
Ferguson recommends that residents remove items from their yard that collect water, clean roof gutters and fill in low-lying area that prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
DHEC offers these tips to help keep mosquitoes from breeding in your yard:
DHEC offers these tips for preventing mosquito bites:
For more information on mosquitoes, including recommended repellents, go to DHEC's website at: http://www.scdhec.gov/mosquitoes.
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