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Editorial: Fight The Bite

Who knows if the influx of mosquitoes in Nassau County can be attributed to the mild winter, standing water or overgrown vegetation; however, one thing is certain – this is the summer of the “skeeter.”

These bloodsuckers aren’t your grandparent’s mosquitoes – the Asian tiger mosquito is more aggressive, harder to kill and bites during the daytime. I predict an outbreak of agoraphobia way before we see another West Nile scare.

Spraying for these types of mosquitoes has proved to be virtually ineffective for a number of reasons. If you’ve noticed these thirsty little monsters in your backyard, consider the following steps to beat the skeet:

- Tiger mosquitoes need only a small pocket of moisture and seven days to breed; check gutters, toys, containers and tires for standing water.

- Wear light-colored clothes and keep your ankles and legs covered, if possible, as Asian tiger mosquitoes fly close to the ground.

- Products containing DEET are shown to be most effective in preventing mosquito bites.

- Change bird bath water regularly (every two to three days) and keep bushes and shrubs trimmed and under control.

- Call Nassau County (571-6900) to report mosquito, drainage or standing water problems.