Prevention

Avoid Mosquito Bites


The best ways to avoid mosquito bites include:

  • Apply an insect repellent that contains 20% to 30% DEET to exposed skin when you go outdoors. The more DEET a repellent contains, the longer time it gives protection from mosquito bites. Other effective repellents include Picaradin, and EPA-registered oil of lemon eucalyptus preparations.
  • Consider staying indoors between dusk and dawn, which is peak  mosquito biting time. Avoid activities in areas where mosquitoes are plentiful.
  • Fix or install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings.
  • Spray clothing with repellents containing DEET, because mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing.
  • Whenever possible, wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors.

Avoid Breeding Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. To avoid helping mosquitoes breed in your environment, drain standing water and routinely empty water from:

  • Barrels
  • Buckets
  • Cans
  • Clogged rain gutters
  • Discarded tires
  • Flower pots
  • Pet bowls
  • Swimming pool covers

Protecting Yourself from West Nile Virus

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