In Arkansas and Oklahoma it is mosquito season more often than not. But the trade-off is really mild Winters (we wont discuss our Summers  “but it is a wet heat” )

So what can you do to help control mosquitos around your home  or when you have activities outdoors ?  The U.S. Center for Disease Control has these recomendations.

*When possible  wear a light , long sleeved shirt and pants

*Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active.

*Use of repellants available at your local retail store.

*Place mosquito netting over infant carriers when out.

*Install or repair window or door screens to prevent the little buggers from getting in your house.

* Keep gutters cleaned out and make sure there is no standing water in flower pots, pet dishes, old tires, etc. to help reduce breeding environments for mosquitos.

*Check with your local municipality to see if they have an organized mosquito control program in effect.

* Neighborhood clean-up days can be organized by civic or youth organizations to pick up water holding containers from vacant lots and parks and to encourage people to keep their yards free from standing water.

Following these guidelines will help reduce our “State Insects” participation in your planned activities .