Stay Safe From Insects Outdoors
Summer is just a couple weeks away, and that means warmer weather and outdoor activities are upon us! As you prepare for your 14’er hike, weekend camping trip or back yard get-together, don’t forget that warmer weather also brings mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other pesky insects.
These insects can carry dangerous diseases like West Nile Virus, Colorado Tick Fever and bubonic plague — and we’re seeing more cases than ever in Colorado and the U.S. Plan ahead and take steps to protect you and your family…don’t let unwanted insects get in the way of your summer fun!
Oh and if that isn’t enough, let’s not forget about rabies in Jefferson County. Summer is also prime time for wildlife encounters both with pets and people. Skunks and bats are the primary carriers of rabies in Jeffco so remember to keep a lookout for these critters and avoid contact at all times. Call your local animal control agency if you or your pet encounter a bat or skunk.
Director, Environmental Health Services Division
Jefferson County Public Health