Mosquitoes are biting insects that can transmit disease to humans and other animals. Only female mosquitoes bite, feeding on the blood of animals and humans. Not all mosquitoes carry disease. West Nile and other diseases that cause Encephalitis is sometimes contracted in Ohio. The best way to prevent disease is to take simple steps to avoid mosquito bites.
Avoiding Mosquito Bites
Clean Up Your Yard: Empty and scrub out any containers that hold water, cover open vents, plumbing pipes, or open containers (like trashcans and rain barrels) and use mosquito dunks on standing water that cannot be removed. Regular removal of leaf litter and tall grasses/brush is also important.
- Keep Bugs Outside: Use screens on all windows and doors and stick to air conditioning when possible.
Protect Yourself: Wear permethrin-treated long-sleeved shirts, pants, long socks and boots. Cover exposed skin with an EPA-registered insect repellent (20-30% DEET is best).
Links & Resources
Pan American Health Organization
Zika Virus and Information for Parents
Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Grounds