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Personal Protection Against Mosquitoes

  • Don’t raise your own mosquitoes. Get rid of containers that have or may hold standing water where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
  • Wear light-colored, long, loose clothing, such as long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors. Keep in mind that mosquitoes can bite through thin or tight clothes.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping or camping outdoors.
  • Stay indoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Apply approved insect repellent whenever you are outdoors, even for a short period of time. Choose a repellent based on duration of activity. Remember when you are sweating, physically active, or getting wet, some repellents may not last long.