With the outdoor activities that come with Labor Day weekend, it is important for Oklahomans to take precautions for mosquito bites.
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness that people can contract from the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. Mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are most active at dusk and dawn, according to Oklahoma City-County Health Department officials.
While outside during this time, wear long sleeves with cuffs and long pants.
Apply insect repellent containing DEET on any exposed skin.
Check around houses and apartments for water accumulation that could provide mosquito breeding grounds.
For pools, hot tubs or water features, the health department recommends that residents “cover, drain or maintain” these water sources to eliminate mosquito habitats.