With West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. Avoiding ares where mosquito live and breed altogether reduces your risk of getting the disease. Something to remember: The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito bite remains low.
The risk of severe illness and death becomes higher for people over 50, although people of all ages can become ill. Read more about mosquito bite prevention.
Mosquito bite prevention tips:
1. Apply Insect Repellent Containing DEET
(Look for: N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide ) Apply to exposed skin when you go outdoors. Even a short time outdoors can lead to a mosquito bite.
2. Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites
When possible, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or DEET will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent containing DEET on the skin under your clothing.
3. Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours
The hours from dusk to dawn are peak mosquito biting times for many species of mosquitoes.
4. Drain Standing Water
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around the exterior of your home giving mosquitoes the opportunity to breed by getting rid of items that hold water.
5. Install or Repair Screens
Keep mosquitos outside by having well-fitting screens on both windows and doors.