ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Summer months mean more mosquitoes and an increased risk of getting sick.
The Virginia Department of Health says you can lower your odds by checking your property for areas prone to stagnant water. This is a part of the agency's summer campaign,"Pick-A-Day to Fight-The-Bite," which runs through October.
Bird baths, flower pots and other objects could be potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes that transmit diseases.
Officials also recommend cleaning out your gutters twice a year in the fall and spring.
"If your drain pipes and your gutters get clogged up that's going to keep a lot of that water just sitting up there for several days and that's an ideal habitat for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and reproduce," landscaper Luke Alligood said.
To protect yourself from mosquito bites use a repellent, wear long sleeves and pants while outside and make sure window and door screens don't have holes in them.