Always remember the 3 D’s of protection from mosquitoes
Many mosquito problems in your neighborhood
Choose a mosquito repellent that has been
are likely to come from water-filled containers registered by the Environmental Protection
that you, the resident, can help to eliminate. All Agency. Registered products have been
mosquitoes require water in which to breed. Be reviewed, approved, and pose minimal risk for
sure to drain any standing water around your human safety when used according to label
house. directions. Three repellents that are approved
and recommended are:
Dispose of any tires. Tires can breed DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide)
thousands of mosquitoes. Picaridin (KBR 3023)
Drill holes in the bottom of recycling Oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-methane 3,8-
containers. diol, or PMD)
Clear roof gutters of debris.
Clean pet water dishes regularly. Here are some rules to follow when using
Check and empty children’s toys. repellents:
Repair leaky outdoor faucets. Read the directions on the label carefully
Change the water in bird baths at least before applying.
once a week. Apply repellent sparingly, only to exposed
Canoes and other boats should be turned skin (not on clothing).
over. Keep repellents away from eyes, nostrils
Avoid water collecting on pool covers. and lips: do not inhale or ingest repellents
Empty water collected in tarps around the or get them into the eyes.
yard or on woodpiles. The American Academy of Pediatrics
Plug tree holes. suggests that DEET-based repellents can
Even the smallest of containers that can be used on children as young as two
collect water can breed hundreds to months of age. Generally, the AAP
thousands of mosquitoes. They don't need recommends concentrations of 30% or
much water to lay their eggs. (bottles, less.
barrels, buckets, overturned garbage can Avoid applying repellents to portions of
lids, etc.) children's hands that are likely to have
contact with eyes or mouth.
Pregnant and nursing women should
minimize use of repellents.
Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Some of
Never use repellents on wounds or
Use repellent sparingly and reapply as
needed. Saturation does not increase
the 176 mosquito species are attracted to dark efficacy.
clothing and some can bite through tight-fitting Wash repellent-treated skin after coming
clothes. When practical, wear long sleeves and indoors.
pants. If a suspected reaction to insect repellents
occurs, wash treated skin, and call a
physician. Take the repellent container to