Repelling mosquitoes to avoid West Nile virus


OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Tuesday the highest number of West Nile virus cases in a single year for Oklahoma.

Seven Oklahomans have died and 118 cases have been confirmed.

One area business said they have just the trick to keep mosquitos away from you and your family.

“You’d be out here and get eaten alive in a hurry,” Reed Savage said.

But he has no worries about mosquitos because he’s the owner of the SWAT Mosquito Mist System.

His business has been busier than ever.

“When people are outside now and they get bit, (they think) ‘Is this going to be the one,'” he said.

His SWAT system automatically sprays an insecticide at various points around an entire house, usually three times overnight.

“With this stuff, it actually kills and repels,” Savage said.

Customers can also use a remote to manually spray their property when needed.

Savage said it kills everything inside the perimeter and repels mosquitos from entering the area.

He said customers should see an 80 to 95 percent reduction in mosquitos, which will give them peace of mind.

“This is almost like insurance to guarantee you can go out and enjoy it whenever you want to,” he said. “The mosquitos won’t be bad enough that they’re going to drive you back inside.”

When outside, doctors said we should use insect repellant containing the active ingredients of DEET.

However, there’s one thing to keep in mind.

“More is not always better when it comes to bug spray,” Dr. Ryan Brown said, an emergency room pediatrician at Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Brown gave us a demonstration Wednesday on the best way to apply mosquito repellant on kids to protect them from the West Nile virus.

“Usually what I tell parents is just spray it in their hands and just kind of rub it like a lotion and then rub it on their arms,” Brown said. “Be careful not to rub it on their hands and if you rub it on their face, rub it on their cheeks or on the back of their neck so they don’t get it sweating in their eye or anywhere close to their mouth.”

Dr. Brown said never use DEET on infants under 2 months oldĀ because their skin is sensitive.

For that same reason, use lower concentrations of DEET, such as 10%, on young children.

You’ll see the DEET percentage listed on the can.

Brown said a higher percentage of DEET doesn’t mean it’s more effective, it just means it lasts longer.

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