Mosquito control district offers tips to fight the bite

The Grand River Mosquito Control District offers tips to help people fight the bite this summer.

The district reminds people about the three Ds of controlling insects that are not only pesky, but also spread diseases — drain, dress and defend.

Mosquitoes can breed in even small amounts of water, including water in bird baths, the bottoms of recycling dishes, old tires and even gutters.

“Encouraging your neighbors to also eliminate sources on their own property is critical to a community wide control program,” said Tim Moore, manager of the Grand River Mosquito Control District. “Mosquitoes require water to complete their life cycle. If their water source is eliminated, so are their offspring.”

Those who are outside when mosquitoes are active should wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.

It’s also important to apply mosquito repellent to clothing and bare skin. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are effective.

The Grand River Mosquito Control District treats more than 2,500 private properties as well as public open spaces in the Grand Valley. For more information, visit www.fightthebitegj.com.