Colorado Springs schools taking action against mosquitoes

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School is back in session, but following your kids this year are itchy pests, and schools have had enough of their bites.

Many Colorado Springs schools have been advising parents to be on the lookout for mosquitoes, asking them to routinely use repellent.

“They’ve been coming out a lot since we’ve had the rains last week,” parent Cristobal Rodriguez-Sanchez said.

The El Paso County Public Health Department told FOX21 they do not monitor mosquito bites, but do keep track of the diseases they carry. So far, no human cases of the West Nile virus have been reported in the county, but two human cases of the West Nile virus have been reported Weld and Delta counties.

“I’ve been here since 2013 and this is probably the first time I’ve had this problem,” Rodriguez-Sanchez said. “It reminds me of being in Florida.”

Health officials say remembering these tips can help you fight the bite:

  • Wear long sleeves and long pants.
  • Avoid going out at dusk or dawn.
  • Use bug spray with DEET.
  • Make you are draining all your water sources, since mosquitos like to lay their eggs in standing water.

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