Getting eaten alive in Trinidad

Asked July 17, 2015, 11:52 AM EDT

I live on a suburban street in Trinidad. The mosquitos are so bad that I am getting bitten all day and night even inside a house that has screens! Just this morning at 9am, I went outside with bug spray on to water my potted flowers. I was bitten several times through my clothes and on sprayed areas of my body. To make matters worse there is a plague of grasshoppers...thousands of them eating all the foliage and jumping everywhere!!
What can be done? Please help me with this distressing situation... Thank you

Las Animas County Colorado mosquitoes

1 Response

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, the best things to do are use an effective repellent, wear light-colored clothing, and avoid being outdoors during times of peak mosquito activity (evening and nighttime). The Environmental Protection Agency has a website (http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/) that will help select the best repellent for your needs.

The other aspect of mosquito problems is to reduce the number of mosquitoes in a given area. There are some steps that individuals can take to reduce mosquito abundance around the home. See the http://www.fightthebitecolorado.com/ website for details. This site emphasizes prevention of West Nile virus, but the same approaches also are used to prevent nuisance mosquitoes.

In some cases, city and/or county governments have mosquito control programs, which can be more effective because they are conducted over a much larger area than around an individual home. You might contact the Las Animas County Health Department regarding the problems you are experiencing.