Fite the Bite
Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as EEE and West Nile Virus.
The best defense is to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Use Insect Repellent
Apply on exposed skin when you go outdoors. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as
those with DEET, picardin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read and follow all directions
and precautions on the product label.
Wear Long-sleeves and Pants
When possible, wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may
bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or DEET
will give extra protection. Do not apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do
not spray repellent containing DEET on the skin under your clothing.
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours
The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many species of
mosquitoes. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during
evening and early morning — or consider avoiding outdoor activities during
Install or Repair Screens
Keep mosquitoes from entering your home with secure, intact screens on windows and doors.
Drain Standing Water
Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets, barrels,
and other containers near your home. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep
children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when not in use.
Oswego County Health Department
70 Bunner St.
Oswego, NY 13126
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April 26, 2012