Preventing Mosquito Bites

Preventing Mosquito Bites

Protect yourself from mosquito bites by using insect repellent. Apply an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellent that contains one of the active ingredients below:

  • DEET
  • Picaridin
  • IR3535
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Para-menthane-diol
  • 2-Undecanone

Visit the EPA website to search which EPA registered insect repellent product is right for you.

Make sure to always follow product label instructions and reapply insect repellent as directed. Do not apply repellent on the skin under clothing. If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

Tips for Babies and Children

  • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Cover strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting.
  • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children under 3 years old.
  • Adults should spray insect repellent onto their hands and then apply to a child’s face.

Control Mosquitoes at Home

  • Remove standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs.
  • Use an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitoes in areas where they rest. Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture or in the garage.
  • Install or repair window and door screens.
  • Do not leave doors propped open.
  • Use air conditioning when possible.
  • Use an indoor insect spray to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where they rest. Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under the sink, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room.

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