Remember the Mosquito Repellent in July 4th Plans

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- Valdosta, Ga. - July 04, 2012 -

People will be out in large numbers for the Fourth of July and so will the mosquitoes. As citizens are packing for their outdoor festivities of tailgating, family picnics and community firework displays, the City of Valdosta and the South Health District want to remind citizens to pack the mosquito repellent, as well.

Recent rains coupled with the short winter season have produced a high population of mosquitoes this season. Citizens should not forget to protect themselves—especially young children, the elderly and the ill—from the irritating mosquitoes, their bites and the diseases they may carry.

Insect repellent containing DEET should be sprayed on skin and clothing when outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also recommends using repellents that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus or the chemical Picaridin. Citizens may also protect themselves by wearing appropriate clothing outdoors during times when mosquitoes are most active—which is after sundown and before sunrise.

It is important that other factors don't decrease the effectiveness of insect repellent. Wearing too much sunscreen and dilution from rain, perspiration, or swimming may lessen repellent capabilities and effectiveness.

For more information, visit Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.