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New Albany pest control expert urges people to protect themselves against mosquitoes

WLKY Louisville logo WLKY Louisville 7/26/2021

Experts with a New Albany pest control service are urging people to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of West Nile Virus in mosquitos, birds and sentinel animals have been reported in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois.

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Janelle Iaccino with Franklin Pest Solutions gave some helpful tips to protect yourself and your space from mosquitoes. According to Iaccino, mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world. They carry diseases such as West Nile virus, Zika and Chikungunya.

She said the most important thing to do is apply repellant frequently.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved three active ingredients for proper protection against disease and virus-carrying mosquitoes. Iaccino said they are 20% DEET, 20% picaridin and 30% oil of lemon eucalyptus.

She said mosquitoes are not strong fliers, causing them to land every three to five feet. Standing water should be emptied or maintained to keep mosquitoes from using it as a breeding ground.

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"Mosquitoes can breed in as little of an amount of water that can fit inside a bottle cap," Iaccino said.

She said to make sure downspouts are pointed away from the house and flowing freely, gutters are not leaking, dump water out of flower pots after rain, freshen birdbaths, keep pond water moving and keep bushes trimmed.

Iaccino said changing white lightbulbs to yellow will also help keep mosquitoes away.

"There's enough viruses in the world for us to worry about but these are very real in our backyard," Iaccino said. "The mosquito is so dangerous. We have to be more diligent about protecting ourselves."

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