News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Mosquitoes are back again biting on our community.

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News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Mosquitoes are back again biting on our community.

People living in the community of Needles, California are again noticing an increase of mosquitoes and getting bitten again more then ever.

So far, reports of increase mosquitoes have been spotted near River Road near Jack Smith Memorial Park and near the Big Green House near the intersection of Needles Highway and North K Street in Needles, California.

Well reporting on the 3rd Annual Haunted House at the Big Green House, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez seen mosquitoes flying around people waiting in line and getting bitten.

After last year’s mosquitoes invasion on Needles, California, people are seen bringing out their mosquito spray and even a volunteers had mosquito spray on hand in case anybody needs some.

People in our community are to make sure to have mosquito sprays prepared in case you run into these annoying mosquitoes.

Last year, many people in the community were rushing to buying lots of mosquito sprays at local stores, from Needles, California to Bullhead City, Arizona, to try to protect themselves from these mosquitoes, but some stores ran out fast.

Many people in the community are again asking the City of Needles, especially the Needles Vice Mayor and members of the Needles City Council, as well as the County of San Bernardino’s Vector Control to step in and spray or fog down the annoying mosquitoes like they did last year.

**** Here are some safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on protecting yourself from mosquito bites: ****

– Wear insect repellent: Yes! It is safe. When used as directed, insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself from mosquito bites—even children and pregnant women should protect themselves. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer lasting protection.

– DEET: Products containing DEET include Cutter, OFF!, Skintastic.

– Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin): Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan outside the United States).

– Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD: Products containing OLE include Repel and Off! Botanicals.

– IR3535: Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart.

** Which mosquito repellents work best?: **

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing.

Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.

EPA registration means that EPA does not expect the product to cause adverse effects to human health or the environment when used according to the label.

** How often should repellent be reapplied?: **

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, repellents containing a higher percentage of the active ingredient typically provide longer-lasting protection. Regardless of what product you use, if you start to get mosquito bites, reapply the repellent according to the label instructions.

** What precautions should I follow when using repellents?: **

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label. EPA recommends the following when using insect repellents:

– Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label). Do not apply repellents under your clothing.

– Never use repellents over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

– Do not apply to eyes or mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using repellent sprays, do not spray directly on your face—spray on your hands first and then apply to your face.

– Do not allow children to handle or spray the product. When using on children, apply to your own hands first and then put it on the child. Avoid applying repellent to children’s hands because children frequently put their hands in their eyes and mouths.

– Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Heavy application does not give you better or longer lasting protection.

– After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe. This is particularly important when repellents are used repeatedly in a day or on consecutive days.

– If you (or your child) get a rash or other reaction from a repellent, stop using the repellent, wash the repellent off with mild soap and water, and call a local poison control center for further guidance. If you go to a doctor, it might be helpful to take the repellent with you.

** Can insect repellents be used on children?: **

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Yes. Most products can be used on children. Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not to be used on children under the age of three years. EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for using registered repellents on children other than those listed above.

** Can insect repellents be used by pregnant or nursing women?: **

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Yes. EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for repellent use by pregnant or nursing women.

** More safety information tips regarding mosquitoes and West Nile Virus are at the following website addresses: **

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Safety Tips):

http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes/

http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html

**** Here are some safety tips from the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health on what you can do to help control the spread of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus around your property: ****

– Keep pools/spas filtered, cleaned, and chlorinated.

– Report neglected or abandoned pools and spas.

– Routinely check and empty containers with water in them. Turn them upside down to prevent water build up.

– Discard water in bird baths weekly.

– Place mosquito fish in ponds, fountains etc.

– Remove excess vegetation from your property.

– Ensure all septic tank covers are tightly in place.

– Clean out rain gutters to prevent water pooling.

– Don’t over water lawns and remove standing water from low areas on your property.

– Repair any leaking plumbing fixtures.

** More safety information tips regarding mosquitoes and West Nile Virus are at the following website addresses: **

– County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health (Safety Tips):

http://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/dph/dehs/depts/vectorcontrol/WestNileVirusImportantFactsandSafetyTips.pdf

**** Contact Information: ****

If you have a problem with mosquitoes, please call the Mosquito and Vector Control Program at: 1 (800) 442-2283.

** Mosquito and Vector Control Brochure: **

http://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/dph/dehs/depts/vectorcontrol/MVCBrochure.pdf

For more information regarding mosquitoes and West Nile Virus as well as what are the symptoms of West Nile Virus and safety tips regarding mosquitoes at the following website addresses:

– County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health:

http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph/dehs/Depts/VectorControl/mosquito_and_vector_control_home.aspx

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html

http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/symptoms/

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. ****

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

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