Health Matters

Dealing With Mosquitoes

Guest: Dr. Brian Reed

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Summer brings warm weather, outdoor fun, and unfortunately mosquitoes. Dr. Brian Reed, Chair of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine talks about what we can do to prevent the bite.

“Mosquitoes are annoying insects that bite day and night, and they make you ill. In Houston, we worry about mosquitoes bringing illnesses like St. Louis Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.”

“Here are several helpful strategies.”

  • Use one of several EPA approved mosquito repellants for adults and children of most ages with insecticides like DEET.
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and pants. This is especially helpful for children too young to use insecticide.
  • Remove any standing water in outdoor containers that allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Lastly, close doors and windows and use screens to keep mosquitoes out.

“If you do get bit, wash the area with soap and water, then apply an ice pack to fight the swelling and itchiness.”

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