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At a glance: Protecting against mosquito bites

Modified: August 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm •  Published: August 10, 2012


Protecting against bites

The state Health Department recommends

taking the following precautions to protect against mosquito bites:

• Use an insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. (Insect repellent with permethrin should be used on clothing only.)

• Place mosquito repellent in a handy and visible location in the home for easy access.

• Repair or install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

• Prevent items such as buckets, cans, flower pots and tires from holding standing water so mosquitoes don't have a place to breed.

• Empty, clean and refill your bird baths and pets' outdoor water bowl daily.

• Clean leaves and debris from rain gutters regularly to ensure they are not clogged.

Source: Oklahoma Health Department