Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites

The best defense against mosquito-borne disease is to avoid mosquito bites. Here are ways to reduce your contact with mosquitoes: 

  • Eliminate standing water in your backyard and neighborhood to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Wear light colored pants and long-sleeved shirts outdoors.
  • Apply repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus to clothing and exposed skin. Apply repellents after sunscreen.
  • Try to stay indoors during dawn and dusk or whenever mosquitoes are biting. 
  • Apply screens to doors and windows and keep them maintained to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.
  • Stock ornamental ponds and other large artificial containers of standing water with mosquito fish.


Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus when you are outdoors. Read and follow the directions carefully when using an insecticide or insect repellent.  Use care in applying repellent on children; repellent on their hands may get into their mouth and eyes, causing irritation.

Find the insect repellent that is right for you (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency search tool)


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