National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2013;4:25pm
DPHSS Release No. 2013-043

The Department of Public Health and Social Services, Division of Environmental Health (DEH), joins the nation in recognizing the week of June 23–29, 2013 as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.  This week is designed to educate the general public on how to combat the threat of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, encephalitis, and other illnesses. These diseases are not
endemic on Guam, but we must continue to remain vigilant in preventing these diseases from establishing on island.

The Mosquito Surveillance and Control Program of the Division of Environmental Health encourages island residents to take an active role in reducing the mosquito population, which starts with basic cleaning around their homes and yards where mosquitoes may be breeding or hiding:

	

Eliminate standing water in low lying areas of the yard, or on tarps that cover items such as boats, swimming pools, and grills

	

Empty receptacles that collect water, such as buckets, cups, flowerpots, and tires

	

Clean fallen leaves out of roof gutters and spouting

	

Ensure outdoor trash cans have tight-fitting lids

	

Trim and maintain tall shrubs and grasses

Practice personal protection to avoid mosquito bites:

	

Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing when outside or during outdoor activities

	

Use insect repellants. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most effective repellent contains 20% to 30% DEET(N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide)    

	

Make sure screens on windows and doors are in good repair so mosquitoes cannot enter your home

For more information, please contact the Mosquito Surveillance and Control Program of the Division of Environmental Health of this Department at 735-7221.
 

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