Protecting Campground Workers from Mosquitoes
Editor's Note: From this week's issue of "Wednesday Morning Coffee Talk & Updates" comes this reminder from the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) about what bugs a lot of campgrounds each summer — mosquitoes!
Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, but they can also carry diseases that pose a threat to your workers' health.
Mosquitoes thrive in moist and relatively warm environments and typically feed on nectar or other sugar sources. Most female mosquitoes also require a blood meal from time to time. Many mosquitoes are especially active at dusk and dawn, with some species biting through the night. Some kinds of mosquitoes bite during the day, too, especially on cloudy days and in shady areas which are moist and sheltered from wind. There are a number of things you can do to help avoid mosquito bites and control the number of mosquitoes in and around your workplace. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer these tips:
- Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and early morning — or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
- Install or repair window and door screens so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors.
- Turn over, cover, or remove equipment such as tarps, buckets, barrels, and wheelbarrows that may accumulate water.
- Place drain holes in containers that cannot be discarded.
- Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out.
- Protect your workers by not letting mosquitoes breed in your area. Eliminate as many sources of standing water as possible because mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.
Additional Resource: Recommendations for Protecting Outdoor Workers from West Nile Virus Exposure CDC & NIOSH.