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Mosquito Season Starts Early

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WASHINGTON (WBOC/AP)- It's not even summer yet, but don't be surprised to see mosquitoes.

Officials with the Maryland Department of Environment say it is going to be a bad season for mosquito bites. They are advising those planning to spend time outdoors to take precautions against the biting insects.

People are urged to remember the three Ds - drain, dress and defend - to protect themselves against bites and potential mosquito-borne illnesses.

Health officials say mosquito problems in your yard and neighborhood are likely to come from water-filled containers that you, the resident, can help eliminate.

The best way to avoid West Nile virus is to get rid of any standing water around your house.

Mosquitoes like dark clothing can bite through tight-fitting clothes. Light-colored and loose-fitting clothing are best, and long sleeves and pants are recommended, when practical. Use an EPA-approved repellant.

According to the MDE, counties on the Eastern Shore will begin spraying for mosquitoes in early June.

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