BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Wet weather on top of the heat are perfect conditions for a dangerous pest. You may have noticed more mosquitos buzzing around your home.
Though there have not been any local cases of West Nile Virus reported so far this summer, the Erie County Health Department is reminding people of things we all can do to keep mosquitoes from "bugging" us.
First, make your yard less attractive for them. Mosquitoes breed in water and it only takes them a couple of days to multiply. So make sure there's no standing water anywhere, and keep plenty of chlorine in your pool.
While it might not be the most comfortable thing in the heat, wearing long sleeves and pants that cover your skin can protect you from being bitten. Or wear insect repellant with Deet.
If you are bitten, apply some anti-histamine cream, ice or cool water to help soothe the itch.
Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said, "We are seeing a lot of mosquitoes in the area. I'm sure everybody's noticed that. And so we just want people to enjoy the activities outside, but play it safe. Wear insect repellant. If you can, avoid going outside [in] the peak mosquito hours - sunrise and dusk."
You may wonder, how much Deet is really safe to wear? Dr. Burstein says anything from 30- to 50-percent Deet is okay for adults.
For children, look for bug sprays with between 10- and 30-percent Deet. And don't put Deet on infants younger than 2-months-old.
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