Mosquitoes and Disease
Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) West Nile Virus
Questions about West Nile Virus (CDC)
Insect Bites and Stings Information on the
different types of insect bites and stings inflicted on humans by mosquitoes, flies,
scorpions, fleas, chiggers, fireants and others.
West Nile Virus prevention includes mosquito control and protection from
insect bites. DEET products are highly recommended by the CDC to
help protect people from biting mosquitoes. Killing existing adult
mosquitoes (carriers of West Nile Virus and other diseases) does help but
killing immature mosquitoes provides better control.
Eliminating all possible breeding conditions is the first step. In
some cases it is not possible to eliminate all bodies, pools of water in
which mosquitoes breed. It is in these cases that the use of a
larvacide is necessary. Products containing Bacillus thuringiensis
that are labeled for use in standing water where mosquitoes breed provide
the best mosquito control.
Examples of Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) products are Mosquito Bits and
Mosquito Dunks. These pest control products are safe to use in areas
children and pets frequent and are effective in controlling mosquito
Mosquitoes are more active in morning and evening hours. Time your
outdoor activities in a manner that allows the least exposure to insect
bites. When working or playing outdoors during these peak hours,
wear protective clothing (covering as much bare skin as possible) to
prevent mosquito bites. Use DEET insect repellent as extra
protection from bites of mosquitoes and other biting insects.
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