The summer season is here and he residents of Las Vegas are spending more time outdoors with functions and events held in Summerlin and Henderson many held outside.


The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds the public that prevention is critical in avoiding the spread of vector-borne diseases transmitted by pests such as mosquitoes. The rise in temperatures and monsoon season means a heightened threat of the transmission of common diseases such as West Nile virus and many others.


West Nile virus infects thousands of Americans each year and is a growing concern of the CDC.   However, other lesser-known vector-borne diseases, such as dengue fever is found around the country in smaller numbers, with the highest numbers of cases reported during the warmer summer months. These diseases are transmitted when a mosquito or tick bites and feeds on the blood of its host, making it critical for steps to be taken to avoid being bitten in the first place.


West Nile virus, symptoms could include fever, headache and loss of appetite, or in more severe cases confusion and increasing weakness, although in 80 percent of cases, people may display little to no symptoms at all according to Dr. Jorge Parada, medical spokesperson for the NPMA.


To help avoid mosquito bites-Protect Your Skin: While it may be uncomfortable when temperatures soar, wearing long sleeves and pants in light colors can protect against mosquito bites and can make checking for these pests much easier. Consider tucking pants into socks or investing in clothing pretreated with permethrin for an extra level of protection. In addition, always use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors or traveling, especially in areas known to have increased mosquito populations.

Inspect Your Property: Take a walk around your property to identify areas that may be conducive to mosquitoes. Keep patios and play areas away from shrubs, bushes and other vegetation and place wood chips or gravel between lawns. Eliminate sources of standing water such as in birdbaths, flowerpots, grill covers and baby pools and screen all windows and doors, repair even the smallest holes that could serve as entry points for pests.

Avoid Peak Activity Times: Mosquito activity is at its peak during dawn and dusk, so be sure to reduce the amount of time you spend outdoors during those times of day. If you must be outside during those times, consider staying inside a screened-in porch or dressing in clothing that leaves very little exposed skin. The best protection is insect repellent, which will help ward off mosquitoes.

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