Mosquito season hits Alabama

It is mosquito season in Alabama, and area residents are starting to feel the effects of the nagging bugs. In addition to the normal nuisance, many area cities have stopped spraying for mosquitoes because of budget cuts.

Jefferson County Health Department officials are warning people to start taking precautions. Kingsley Sathiakumar says most mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so the most important thing is to eliminate water sitting on your property.

He also says to remember the 5 D's:

  • Avoid being outside at dawn and dusk.
  • Dress in light colored clothing and cover as much skin as possible.
  • Drain all standing water.
  • Use sunscreen with deet.

Officials say summer is the worst part of the year for mosquitoes in Alabama, and August is typically the worst month.