Preventing Mosquito Bites
Avoid mosquito bites by following these important, but easy, steps:
- Use insect repellents to avoid mosquito bites. DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus are all EPA-approved repellents. Follow label instructions carefully.
- DEET is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics for children over 2 months of age.
- Cover up when outside. Put on long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Cover up your baby, too. Use mosquito netting over baby carriers and strollers.
- Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Get rid of standing water on your property, even small amounts. More on controlling mosquitoes around the home.
- Hunters should not harvest or eat wild game animals that appear sick. Always wear latex or rubber gloves when cleaning and processing game and always cook meat thoroughly before eating
How to Protect Your Horse
Horses can become very sick from West Nile Virus--some will die. You can protect your horse with a yearly shot available from veterinarians or from feed and tack stores.
Clean water troughs once a week to reduce mosquito larvae. Don't over-water your pasture--this creates puddles where mosquitoes like to breed.