Enjoy Outdoors, But Don't Forget About Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoe Borne Diseases

Just one mosquito bite can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus or others.

And while there have been NO reported cases of West Nile Virus so far in Pinellas County this year, our recent heavy rains can increase the possibility of mosquito bites.


When dealing with mosquito-borne diseases, prevention is your best bet. Fighting mosquito bites reduces your risk of getting this disease, along with others that mosquitoes can carry. Here, from the Pinellas County Health Department, are some ways to reduce your risk of mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.

Avoid bites and illness. Use insect repellent when you go outdoors. Use an EPA-registered repellent such as those with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Even a short time being outdoors can be long enough to get a mosquito bite.

Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites. If you can, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. For extra protection, spray clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent. If the repellent contains permethrin , don't apply it directly to your skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing

Mosquito-proof your home. Drain standing water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water .