Prevent Mosquito Bites

What is the best way to prevent mosquito bites?

  • Use mosquito repellent any time you are outdoors. Even being out a short time can be long enough to get a  mosquito bite. Make sure to follow directions on the label.
  • Be aware of mosquitoes around you. If mosquitoes are biting you, reapply repellent, or think about going inside.
  • 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  these times.
  • Use mosquito netting on baby carriages or playpens when your baby is outdoors.
  • When weather permits, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors.
  • Make sure screens are repaired and are tightly attached to doors and windows.
  • Remove standing water from places like ditches, gutters, old tires, wheel barrows, and wading pools. Mosquitoes can begin to grow in any puddle or standing water that lasts for more than four days, so don’t let water collect around your home.
  • Avoid camping overnight near freshwater swamps to reduce your risk of exposure to mosquitoes that carry the EEE virus. If you do go camping, use a tent with mosquito netting and use appropriate repellents.
  1. Colleen DaSilva

    Public Health Nurse

  2. Public Health Division

    Physical Address
    341 Pine Street
    Lowell, MA 01852

    Phone: 978-674-4308
    Fax: 978-446-7100

    Hours


    Monday - Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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