How To Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

Today, mosquitoes are more than a nuisance. West Nile virus is established in North America and the disease is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. There is no way to predict how serious West Nile virus will be in any given year.

It is important you take steps that will protect you and your family from mosquito bites. The good news is, it is easy.

  • Use insect repellent when outdoors.

  • Cover up

  • Clean up mosquito-friendly areas around your home regularly./p>

Use insect repellent when outdoors

Consider using federally registered personal insect repellents on exposed skin, such as those containing DEET. Alight coating will do.

DEET-based repellents can also be used on the top of clothing.

Do not use it under clothing.

The concentration of DEET should be no greater than 30% for adults, no greater than 10% for children, and should not be used on children under six months old.

Several DEET-free repellent are federally registered but provide a shorter time of effectiveness. If you are going outdoors for less than 30 minutes, these are safe, effective alternatives.

Always read the label direction for use.

Clean up and ruin a mosquito's love life

The best way to keep mosquitoes away is to clean up areas where they like to breed.

Unlike birds and other insects, most mosquitoes do not fly very far and tend to stay close to their breeding site and normal habitat.

Unlike birds and other insects, most mosquitoes do not fly very far and tend to stay close to their breeding site and normal habitat.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water - even small amounts. The life cycle from egg to adult usually takes less than seven days.

So, it is important to get rid of standing water around your home on a regular basis - once a week is a good standard.

Adult mosquitoes like to rest dense shrubbery. Keep bushes and shrubs clear of overgrowth and debris. And keep your compost pile turned on a regular basis Top ten mosquito love nests.

  • Bird baths

  • Old tires

  • Unused containers like barrels

  • Flower pot saucers

  • Swimming pool covers

  • Wading pools

  • Clogged gutters and eaves troughs

  • Clogged drainage ditches

  • Small container like cans or bottles tops

  • Unused children's toys or vehicles

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