Protection from Mosquitoes

Protective Measures

Protection from mosquito bites requires responsible decisions on the part of every citizen. The following guidelines should be followed to lessen the risk of mosquito bites:

  • Avoid outdoor activity in areas with high mosquito infestation.
  • Avoid outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Cover exposed areas with long pants, long-sleeve shirts and hats.
  • Keep all screens in good repair so mosquitoes cannot get inside.
  • Use mosquito repellents containing DEET. View information on what DEET is and the potential risks associated with it (PDF). Always follow label directions and be especially careful when applying to children. Read important guidelines on DEET use.
  • The very young, elderly and persons with lowered immune systems have the highest risk for acquiring disease from mosquito bites and should be more cautious to avoid them.

Protecting Your Horses

While there currently are no vaccines available to protect humans from mosquito borne viruses, there are vaccines available to protect horses. These vaccines are available for both EEE and WNV. It is recommended that you get your horses vaccinated annually. Check with your veterinarian on the proper procedure for getting them vaccinated. View additional information about mosquito diseases in horses and how you can prevent them.

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