Will bugs ruin your summer?

July 07, 2006

Officials at the University of Maryland say that because of the recent heavy rains, this is likely to be a bumper year for mosquitoes.

Getting bitten is no fun, but there might be more than discomfort involved if you're bitten by a bug carrying the West Nile virus or encephalitis.

But you can increase your odds of avoiding infection if you take precautions recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

CDC's tips include:

Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Be careful to apply such lotions carefully and according to directions.


Remember that the hours from dusk to dawn are mosquitoes' prime feeding time.

Drain standing water in your yard where mosquito larvae can breed.

Install or repair screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

For more on preventing infection, visit the CDC's Web site at or write to the agency at 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333.

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