The Threats Mosquitoes Pose on Workers

As we approach Summer, the threat of mosquitos grows larger. For workers, especially those who work outside or travel, mosquitoes can pose a dangerous threat. Therefore, it is important that you, and your employer, take steps to protect you against the threats mosquitos pose. While, in the United States, it is not common for mosquito-related illnesses to cause death, mosquitos are still able to make a person sick.

At Risk Workers

Because different species of mosquitos inhabit different parts of the United States, those at risk include:

  • Those who travel for work
  • Outdoor workers
  • Healthcare workers who may be handling infected patients
  • Those who work with infected samples

Each of these areas has the possibility, some higher risk than others, of contracting mild to life threatening mosquito based diseases.

Keeping Your Employees Safe

It is important that steps are taken to ensure that employees are provided a safe environment to work in. Therefore, consider the following steps to ensure that mosquitos look the other way:

  • Stop mosquitos from breeding by eliminating stagnant water
    • properly store equipment
    • remove debris (from ditches, holes, and trenches)
    • remove areas that collect stagnant water (tires, buckets, barrels, bottles)
    • ensure proper drainage away from worksite
  • If working indoors, ensure that all doors and windows are outfitted with proper screens
  • Give worker training
    • the risk mosquitos pose
    • symptoms of mosquito based diseases
    • proper use of insecticide and repellent
  • encourage workers to wear proper clothing that covers the whole body
    • in particularly bad areas, encourage workers to wear a net that covers their face
  • provide repellents with an EPA registered active ingredient (DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, para-methane-diol, 2-undecanone)
    • it is vital that workers have proper training when handling repellent to avoid injury

Keeping Yourself Safe

While it is extremely important that your employer helps to maintain the office space or jobsite, it is equally important that you are able to take care of yourself as well.

  • If you are provided repellents, do not be afraid to use them
    • Permethrin can be applied to clothing and gear
    • If using skin based insect repellent, but you are also using sunscreen, apply the insect repellent first
  • Wear clothing that covers the entire body and extremities (hands), and consider wearing hats that have built in nets to protect the face and neck
  • Help remove stagnant water from office space or jobsite
  • If you begin to encounter symptoms of a mosquito related illness, or notice a coworker experiencing similar health issues, do not hesitate to inform a supervisor and get medical attention

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, do not hesitate to reach out to us! Accurate Pest Control is certified in handling mosquito related issues and will handle the issue professionally and safely.

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