I’m going to start off with a personal note. My oldest son, who is a CPN veteran, suffered a mosquito bite the other day and has contracted West Nile virus from it. He is recovering, but it will take months or more for a complete recovery. It just shows you how important it is to take precautions during the mosquito season. If this can happen in my family, it can happen in anyone’s.

You can take some measures to protect yourself from mosquito bites. First of all, limit exposure to mosquitoes so that they have no chance to bite you. This sounds like good advice, but most of us do not have this option.

According to the website, you can use some insect repellent products. Also, you can use protective clothing and gear. You can wear:

  • Long sleeves
  • Socks and closed-toe shoes
  • Long pants, possibly tucked into the tops of your socks
  • Light colors
  • A hat that protects your ears and neck or one with mosquito netting that covers your face

You can also grow some mosquito repellent plants in your garden. What’s more, clean your house and yard. For example, eliminate standing water, which mosquitoes need to breed.

Another effective way to control the mosquitoes around you is with mosquito repellent plants. Here are 12 plants that can help with reducing the mosquitoes that are bothering you: lavender, marigolds, citronella grass, catnip, rosemary, basil, scented geraniums, bee balm, mint, floss flower, sage and allium (these include garlic and onions).

Remember, the CPN Veterans Organization meets every month on the 4th Tuesday at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the Potawatomi Powwow Grounds. All CPN and spouse veterans and their families are welcome. A meal is provided.

(Thank you),

Daryl Talbot, Commander

CPN VA Representative: Andrew Whitham

CPN Office Hours: 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.