Prevention is your best bet to protect against mosquito-borne disease. Protect yourself and reduce your risk by following these simple steps:
- Choose and use a repellent that contains one of these active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Always follow label instructions and do not allow young children to apply insect repellent to themselves. For more information about these repellents, please visit the CDC’s website.
- Be aware of peak mosquito hours and take extra appropriate care during this time.
- Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing to avoid mosquito bites.
- Eliminate or treat standing water around your home where mosquitoes breed.