Flooding Brings Mosquito Worries

Heavy rains and flooding throughout Kentucky in the past few weeks have created the right conditions for increased mosquito infestations, and state health officials advise eliminating breeding grounds to avoid bites and potential disease.

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner William Hacker says some mosquitoes carry diseases that can be debilitating or deadly, with the young and elderly especially at risk.

The agency says people should remove standing water on their property and destroy containers that collect and hold water such as old tires or tin cans. Also the agency advises staying inside at dawn, dusk and early evening, when mosquitoes are most active. Also, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors and spray exposed skin and clothing with repellants. The agency says pets are also at risk of disease spread by mosquitoes and owners should follow veterinarians’ advice.