Mosquito Prevention Tips

Mosquito Prevention Tips

Stay comfortable this summer!

• When spending time outdoors, apply an insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus, and reapply as directed on the label. People who are spending long amounts of time outdoors should also consider wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes to limit exposure to mosquitoes. The main type of mosquito that carries Zika is a daytime biter, so taking preventive measures at all times of the day is crucial.
• Anyone traveling outside of the United States should be aware of travel advisories currently in effect. Pack plenty of insect repellant and protective clothing. If a person falls ill upon returning home, seek prompt medical attention.
• Mosquitoes need only about a half an inch of water to breed, so homeowners should eliminate areas of standing water such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects.
• Even children’s toys like buckets and sandboxes can collect water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes right in the backyard, so be sure to keep these objects water-free.
• Screen all windows and doors, and patch up even the smallest tear or hole on screens.
• If there are concerns about mosquito activity on the property, contact a licensed pest control company or the local mosquito abatement district.

Reduce the chances of being bitten!

• Be aware of the peak hours for mosquito activity (at dawn and dusk) and educate your family on using extra protection during those hours.
• Wear clothing that covers your body, including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks.
• Apply a repellent that contains an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or picaridin; be sure to follow all label directions. For children, use repellents that have no more than 10 percent DEET.

Reduce Breeding Sites

• Change the water in bird baths and wading pools at least once a week.
• Aerate ornamental ponds or pools to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in still water.
• Identify drainage ditches or swampy areas that can be filled, drained, or treated with a larvacide.