Know the Buzz about mosquito bites. Oakland County Residents are urged to follow prevention
tips to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. The best way
to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten.
Follow these tips to protect you and your family:
1. Prevent mosquito bites
The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten. The following can help protect you and your family from mosquito bites:
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellant. All EPA-registered insect repellants are evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
- Always follow the product label instructions.
- Do not use insect repellant on babies younger than 2 months of age.
- Do not apply insect repellant on a child's hands, eyes, mouth, cut or irritated skin.
- Adults: spray insect repellant on your hands and then apply to a child's face.
- Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Avoid areas where mosquitoes may be present, including indoor areas
2. Control mosquitoes at home
- Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings. Do not prop open doors.
- Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water in and around your home:
- Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, roof gutters, or trash containers.
3. Prevent the spread of disease
Mosquito-borne diseasesare those spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Some
diseases that are spread by mosquitoes include Zika virus, West Nile
virus, etc., St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), Eastern Equine Encephalitis
(EEE), and LaCrosse (LAC) virus.