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At a glance: Prevention tips for mosquito-borne illness

At a glance: Prevention tips for mosquito-borne illness
Published: March 24, 2013
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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