Governor John Bel Edwards has declared June 24 through June 30 "Pilez Mosquito Week."
The word "pilez" refers to the Cajun French expression that means to crush, kill or destroy.
All persons who are not adequately protected are at risk of being bit and infected by virus carrying mosquitoes. To prevent mosquito bites, keep mosquito repellent handy, cover exposed skin and get rid of mosquito breeding sites near the home.
Here are some tips from the CDC to protect yourself against mosquito bites and mosquito borne diseases:
• Apply mosquito repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and apply as directed on the label!
• Protect children sensitive to insect bites with repellent and cover exposed skin — there are many preparations sold in drug stores and camping sections of local stores that are formulated for adults as well as children.
• Wear light colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants when outdoors particularly at DAWN and DUSK.
• Avoid wearing perfumes or colognes when outside for prolonged periods.
• DRAIN! Remove all sources of standing water near your home (i.e. cans, barrels, planters, tires, containers and tarps).
• Keep all pools, spas, bird baths, ponds and fountains clean and free of debris.
• Maintain tight fitting screens on doors and windows.
• Don’t FEED the storm drains! Sweep up lawn clippings, leaves and tree limbs from sidewalks and driveways.