Protect Yourself and Your Family from Potentially Dangerous Mosquito Bites

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Potentially Dangerous Mosquito Bites

Ways in which you can Avoid Being Bitten by Mosquitoes

Author: Environmental Health Staff/Wednesday, January 2, 2013/Categories: NEWS

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Here are several ways in which you can avoid being bitten by mosquitos that could carry the West Nile Virus.

  • When mosquitos are biting, stay indoors during dawn and dusk or in the evening since they are most active during those times.
  • Avoid the places where mosquitoes are tend to congregate, such as near marshes or areas with heavy vegetation.
  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, shoes and socks.Wear insect repellent. In general, the higher concentration of active ingredient a repellent contains, the longer time it protects against mosquito bites. All of the EPA-registered active ingredients have demonstrated effectiveness in repelling mosquitoes but repellents containing DEET or picaridin are believed to provide longer-lasting protection than the other products on the market. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that repellents with DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old.

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