The best way to avoid death from a mosquito bitewhether it come in the form of a sore throat or a head coldmay be to leave your house as soon as possible and to take public transit.

Mosquito season here in the Northeast is particularly challenging since the warmest months are around this time of year, so the mosquito season can be long and very, very wet. For instance, in October, Delaware County, Pennsylvania received nearly 1 million cases of EEE each year, a huge number considering the actual rainfall this year. There’s a reason residents of this coastal township are so anxious to avoid all mosquitoes: A new mosquito control method used by residents there is actually very good for them.

The EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) say that a “comprehensive approach to preventing and controlling mosquito bites has not been adequately demonstrated for the purpose of preventing illness from mosquitoes. The efficacy of these preventive measures for preventing or treating illnesses caused by mosquitoes, especially when used during times of high mosquito activity, is unclear.” As for the use of pesticides, the EPA says:

The use of insecticide products on the basis of their ability to prevent or control mosquito bites is limited. There are only a few insecticides approved for use on the basis of their ability to prevent or control mosquito bites. These products include diazinon (Bayer), carbamazepine (Diflucan), organophosphates (such as Dicofol), and pyrethroids. Some insecticides are more toxic to non-target animals than to insects. The use of insecticides on the basis of their ability to control disease-carrying insect pests is also limited. The use of insecticides on the basis of their ability to reduce vector populations and disease transmission in the area can be very beneficial to insect control efforts, but there are no standards that limit certain use of insecticides or limit the duration of application periods that are necessary. The National Mosquito Control Program strongly recommended that non-chemical methods of insect control, such as control with barrier traps, are generally preferred to chemical insecticides for controlling mosquito populations. However, there is no conclusive evidence that barrier traps are superior to repellents that contain products that contain petroleum hydrocarbons. In some areas these products can be used effectively in combination with chemical insecticides, but in other populations, it is not economical to use chemical insecticides alone to control the population of mosquitoes. We have not tested the effectiveness of products that do not contain petroleum hydrocarbons for these purposes.

The EPA report acknowledges that spraying the skies with insecticides, like many other products on the market, may contribute to the spread of diseases. But the agency says:

The effectiveness of these insecticides for preventing or treating illnesses caused by mosquitoes, especially when used during times of high mosquito activity, is unclear. The use of insecticides on the basis of their ability to prevent or control mosquito bites is limited. There are only a few insecticides approved for use on the basis of their ability to prevent or control mosquito bites. These products include insecticides such as diazinon (Bayer), carbamazepine (Diflucan), organophosphates (such as Dicofol), and pyrethroids. Some insecticides are more toxic to non-target animals than to insects. The use of insecticides on the basis of their ability to control disease-carrying insect pests is also limited. The use of insecticides on the basis of their ability to reduce vector populations and disease transmission in the area can be very beneficial to insect control efforts, but there are no standards that limit certain use of insecticides or limit the duration of application periods that are necessary. The National Mosquito Control Program strongly recommended that non-chemical methods of insect control, such as control with barrier traps, are generally preferred to chemical insecticides for controlling mosquito populations. However, there is no conclusive evidence that barrier traps are superior to repellents that contain products that contain petroleum hydrocarbons. In some areas these products can be used effectively in combination with chemical insecticides, but in other populations, it is not economical to use chemical insecticides alone to control the population of mosquitoes.

Indeed, in spite of what mosquitoes may be trying to do (ditch mosquitoes and drown them in the swimming pool), mosquitoes are not evil. And if they were evil, they surely would be more efficient at killing themselves. The best way to avoid death from a mosquito bitewhether it come in the form of a sore throat or a head coldmay be to leave your house as soon as possible and to take public transit. If you’re traveling outside in the summer, mosquitoes may actually be a good thing. It is not difficult to get rid of mosquitoes, but in summer there is a rush of mosquitoes and they can be an intense annoyance to many. The best way to prevent them is by simply leaving your house and making the switch to public transit when you get there.

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