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Jun 24, 2010 7:16 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

Recent rain isn't bringing just water.

 

Glenn Stokes Jr., General Manager at Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc., said

"We see spikes in the population three to five days after we have big rains."

 

The water is like a magnet for mosquitoes, but Acadiana company--Mosquito Control Contractors--- is making sure people are protected.

 

"Every corner of the parish--the 43 zones--we spray at least once,” he said. “It's a safe chemical that we use in a small concentration, just to kill small insects."

 

It's not just up to professionals to keep the bugs away--simply cleaning up your backyard can help as well.

 

"Bird baths, barrels, pot pans, tires, pet feeding, anything out there that will hold water," Stokes said.

 

If you can't avoid being in a mosquito hot-spot, then a bug repellent can help, but it doesn't have to be in a chemical form. There are some all-natural remedies that work.

 

Karen Coates, Owner of The Gypsy Market, said "a little bit of lavender oil, tea tree oil will keep them away...just rub it on your skin it will keep them away."

 

Coates owns The Gypsy Market. She says eucalyptus and lavender will work wonders.

 

"Add it to a water bottle and spray it on your skin,” she said. “Just the smell will keep the bugs away."

 

So far there are no indications of West Nile Virus in Acadiana.

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