By TSgt Albertina Walker
2nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron
For personal protection and prevention, Public Health recommends using a mosquito repellent that contains DEET, with a minimum 30 percent DEET for children. These products are not recommended for children under 2 months of age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends following the product label information when using mosquito repellent. Repellent should be applied to the skin surface and clothes. Do not apply to areas of the skin that are broken or underneath clothing. When applying to the face, rub the repellent on your hands then apply to the face, keeping away from your eyes. For extended periods of outdoor exposure, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Do not mix perfumes or colognes with DEET when outside for longer periods of time. Ensure that your windows and doors are sealed with tight-fitting screens that are free of holes. To control the population around your home, remove or reduce standing water by disposing of cans, pots, and other containers that accumulate on your property. Conduct a yearly cleaning of roof gutters. Clean and chlorinate pools and covers. Mosquito trapping is important for Team Barksdale because everyone needs to remember to take precautions when outdoors during mosquito season. For additional information contact Public Health at 456-6599.