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CONTACT: Marty Maher, Health Department, (816) 513-6313

Citizens encouraged to eliminate standing water on private property

The Health Department strongly encourages citizens to eliminate standing water on their property because it can serve as a mosquito-breeding habitat. In cases where citizens cannot eliminate standing water from their personal property, they are encouraged to consider the use of a larvicide recommended for home use. Citizens are advised to consult with a garden supply center or pest control expert before purchasing a larvicide. The Health Department is also recommending the careful reading of the manufacture’s instructions before using any larvicide.

There are a number of simple steps residents can take to minimize the risk of contracting diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. Individuals who are over the age of 50, those with diabetes and other immune system deficiencies should be extra cautious when outdoors. When possible, avoid outdoor activity at dusk and dawn which are the most active feeding times for mosquitoes. If you do go outside during these times, consider using insect repellent. Repellent may be applied to clothing and exposed skin. Label precautions should always be strictly followed, especially when repellents are applied to young children. It also helps to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors to protect the skin. Other precautions include mosquito proofing of homes by ensuring doors and windows have screens.

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