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Prevent Mosquito Bites and West Nile Virus

California Department of Public Health recommends that individuals prevent exposure to mosquito bites and West Nile Virus by practicing the “Three D’s”.

  1. DEET- Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or …..IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older.
  2. DAWN AND DUSK- Mosquitoes bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. make sure that your doors and windows have tight fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.
  3. DRAIN- Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Eliminate or drain all sources of standing water on your property, including buckets, old car tires, rain gutters, birdbaths and pet bowls. Swimming pools that are not being properly maintained can also act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Read More…

California’s West Nile virus website includes the latest information on West Nile virus activity in the state. http://www.westnile.ca.gov/■

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