Protection Against Mosquitoes

Large amounts of pooled water after a flood or other natural disaster could lead to an increase in mosquito populations. The majority of these mosquitoes will be pests and will not carry communicable diseases. After many storms and natural disasters, some of these tips are very difficult to do, but it's a start. Here are some mosquito facts:

  1. Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset
  2. Local, state, and federal health authorities will be actively working to control the spread of any mosquito born diseases.
  3. For protection against mosquitoes, use screens on dwellings and wear long sleeved and long legged clothing.
  4. DEET; be sure to read all instructions before using DEET.
    Insect repellents containing DEET are very effective.
    Care must be taken when using DEET on small children.
    Products containing DEET are available at retail outlets and local and state health departments.
  5. To control mosquito populations, drain all standing water left in containers around your home.
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    Updated: 5/2009