At a glance
Preventing mosquito-borne illness
• Wear insect repellent containing an active ingredient such as 10 percent to 30 percent DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing when outdoors.
• Prevent items, such as buckets and tarps, from holding standing water.
• If rainwater is collected, cover and seal containers when not collecting rain.
• Empty your outdoor pet's water bowl and refill daily.
• Rinse, scrub and refill birdbaths weekly.
• Empty plastic wading pools weekly and store indoors when not in use.
• Maintain swimming pools and outdoor hot tubs regularly as recommended by manufacturer.
• Store boats covered or upside down.
• For a water garden or ornamental body of water, use an environmentally safe product to kill the larvae, e.g. BTI, or stock with fish that eat mosquito larvae.
• Regularly clean fallen leaves and debris from roof gutters.
• Trim grass and weeds, and dismantle brush to deprive mosquitoes of a habitat.
• Repair or replace all broken or torn window and door screens.
• Repair leaky lawn irrigation spouts.
Source: The Oklahoma State Department of Health