Protecting yourself against pesky pests

ALGONA, Iowa - Everyone knows that warmer weather brings pesky bugs that can put a damper on our time outside, but they can do more than that; they can impact your health as well.

We haven’t gotten to the worst part of the season for mosquitoes, but it’s important to be prepared for the worst and plan ahead.

Steve Anderson, the environmental health specialist with Kossuth County, says they are encouraging folks to not only remember bug spray, but to be doing things around the house to prevent the problem of pests from getting any bigger.

“The main thing that you can do is if you’re in an acreage or in town, make sure to get rid of any standing water,” he says, “take away the breeding grounds for the mosquitoes and that’s going to help with control.”

Spraying yourself and your kids with bug spray is an effective way of keeping everyone protected, but Anderson also wants to remind people to be thinking of their pets as well.

Just like bugs can irritate and bite humans, they can feast on pets just as easily.

“Heart worm is one I believe that is carried by mosquitoes and that effects dogs,” Anderson warns, “so certainly, it’s a good idea to get your dog to the vet so you can vaccinate against that.”

Anderson says that if you can stay inside after dark, you will decrease your chances of being bitten by the bug.

However, for those of you who like to enjoy the evenings with camping and a bonfire, using a combination of bug spray, on exposed skin, and dried sage as the kindling in your fire, will help keep the bugs away during your nighttime activities.

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