Repelling, reducing mosquitoes key in West Nile prevention

7/15/2014

Last week, this column covered West Nile virus and its symptoms. This week, we discuss prevention.

Last week, this column covered West Nile virus and its symptoms. This week, we discuss prevention.

* Use mosquito repellent when you go outdoors. You should use repellent even if you're only going outside for a few minutes. Many of the mosquitoes that carry WNV bite between dusk and dawn. If you're outside during these hours be sure to use repellent and re-apply it as needed.

* Look for repellents with EPA-registered active ingredients. EPA-registered active ingredients are recommended for use as directed by the product instructions. Research suggests that repellents containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus typically provide longer-lasting protection than other products. Permethrin is EPA-registered for use on clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear, though not directly on skin.

* Wear clothing that can help reduce mosquito bites. Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks whenever possible outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so consider spraying clothes with repellent (including permethrin) for extra protection.

* Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak mosquito biting times. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.

* Mosquito-proof your home. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers, flowerpots, pet water dishes, birdbaths and other items weekly.

* Install or repair screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by securing well-fitted screens to your windows and doors.

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Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. The Senior Citizens Association board meets at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.¬ 

Friday begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital is available between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.¬ ¬ 

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday has double pinochle at 12:40 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday the day begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. FCCA meets at 2 p.m. Yoga is at 6:30 p.m.

July 23 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS 1116 meets at 10 a.m. Library outreach is at 11:30 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5.¬ ¬ ¬ 

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Health tip

July's healthy eating goal is to eat healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 

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Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, French bread, fruit gelatin salad.

Friday: Pork cutlet, baked potato, broccoli, bread, apple crisp cranberry crunch.

Monday: Smothered steak, mashed potatoes, California blend vegetables, cinnamon roll, peaches.

Tuesday: Chicken and rice casserole, carrot raisin salad, bread, tropical fruit salad.

July 23: Hamburger, pasta salad with vegetables, pineapple upside down cake.

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