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Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District offer tips on staying safe from mosquitoes

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Posted at 9:53 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 00:53:55-04

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — Mosquitoes are showing up in steady numbers.

That's according to the Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Officials held a press conference Tuesday morning discussing awareness and prevention.

This all comes after last year's high snow pack brought lots of flooding, and ultimately, an excessive amount of mosquitoes to Kern County.

Last summer, 28 people were infected with West Nile Virus in Kern County, a number they hope to prevent this year.

Terry knight with Mosquito Control and Vector gave some tips about avoiding the pests during the summer.

"We all live here in Kern County, and we all know it's extremely hot in the summertime. Not many of us want to wear long-sleeve shirts or long pants, but this is your secondary form of defense. This is what I recommend more than anything inside this can is an insect repellent. The key ingredient here is deet," said Knight.

Officials said according to their most recent research, COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through mosquito bites.