A 5th grade student from Deer Creek Elementary School in Cedar Park won the first annual Fight The Bite Poster Contest sponsored by the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD).

The contest was open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students attending school in Williamson County. Students were asked to create a poster about how to avoid mosquito bites using the campaign slogan Fight The Bite or the 4 Ds listed below.

Eleven year old Evyn Fox’s winning poster depicts a squirrel named “Lovely Lola” with purple boxing gloves and the phrase “Lola’s Laws to Prevent West Nile.” The poster is dedicated to her Great-Grandmother Lola, who died from West Nile in October 2014 in Nebraska.

The poster contest is the official kick-off for the Fight the Bite public education campaign to raise awareness about mosquito borne illnesses and provides tips on how to stay safe during the peak hours of mosquito activity.

Fight The Bite focuses on the 4 Ds:

• Dawn and dusk are the times to try to stay indoors, since those are times mosquitoes are most active.

• Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.

• Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes, or clogged gutters so mosquitos don’t have a place to breed.

• DEET is an effective bug spray ingredient to apply to clothing.

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