Reduce your risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes this summer

The City of Ottumwa is warning residents about mosquitoes as temperatures are warming up.

Public Information Officer Tom Rodgers encourages all residents to help reduce the exposure to mosquitoes by draining standing water on their properties.

"Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, and so if we eliminate that source of breeding grounds near our homes, it should help reduce their numbers," Rodgers said. "We encourage folks to kind of take a look around. For gardening you may have some buckets that may have filled up. Old tires are a good reservoir for stagnant water, things like wheel barrows and kids wagons all can hold water and then that becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes."

Rodgers says the prime time for mosquitoes to come out is between dusk and dawn. Next in addition to clearing out standing water, he recommends wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants at prime times. Also insect repellents containing 35-percent deet can be applied to help reduce the risk of being bitten.