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Protecting Yourself From Mosquitoes

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas

Person cleans out a clogged house gutterMosquitoes breed in standing water. So the first, most important step in controlling them is to find all of the places where water can accumulate on your property. You can help reduce the mosquito population around your home since some mosquitoes, such as the Asian tiger mosquito or the Southern house mosquito, typically fly only a few hundred feet from their breeding areas.

Get rid of and prevent standing water:

Treat Water That Can't Be Drained

Wear insect repellent or protective clothing.

Keep Mosquitoes Out

Avoid mosquitoes.

Most mosquito species bite during dawn, dusk, twilight hours, and night. However, some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas. Avoid wearing perfume or scented products.

Insecticides and Outdoor Area Treatments

Home Remedy Myths

Protect Pets from Deadly Heartworms

Mosquitoes carry diseases that can harm you and your pets too. Heartworm a potentially deadly parasite that can be transmitted to pets from mosquitoes. It is a filarial worm (nematode) that can clog the heart and major blood vessels leading from the heart, which reduces the blood supply and oxygen to organs.
The number one way to protect your pet from heartworm is with preventive medicine. Cats cannot be treated for heartworms, so prevention is the key. Your veterinarian can prescribe medicine to prevent heartworms. Do not give your cat the same medicine your dog gets for heartworm prevention, as their needs are different. Using medicine to prevent heartworms is a much better option than having to treat your pet for heartworms, which can cause severe toxic reactions in your pet.

Local Mosquito Control Programs

If you have done all you can to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home, but are still bothered by them, they may be breeding somewhere beyond your property. Contact your local mosquito program for help.

Additional Resources

For more information please contact your local Mosquito Control Program.