Here’s how to fight the bite

The Moab Mosquito Abatement District warns a heavy mosquito season is on the way and encourages residents and visitors to take the following precautions:

Use insect repellents to protect against mosquito bites. Choose one with DEET or Picaridin as an active ingredient. The difference is DEET can feel greasy, has an odor and can dissolve plastics and some synthetic clothing. Picaridin is a pepper-based product that is not greasy and does not have an odor. Picaridin is the preferred treatment for small children. Both products are EPA approved.

Wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting shirts and pants when outside during mosquito season. Light-colored clothing is better as dark clothing attracts mosquitoes.

Spraying insecticides on shrubs and other vegetation in the yard often works as a mosquito deterrent. Select one intended for mosquitoes or biting flies and follow the application directions.

It’s important to drain all standing water around the house each week. This is where mosquitoes lay their eggs and include tires, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, barrels, toys and puddles.

For more information, call Libby Nance, MMAD director and aquatic entomologist, at 435-259-7161.