Preventing Mosquito-Transmitted Disease

The number of mosquitoes that are actually capable of causing infection in humans is relatively small, but it is always advisable to take preventive measures to protect yourself.

  • Wear mosquito repellent containing up to 30% DEET
    (10% for children).

  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants.

  • Avoid outdoor activity at peak mosquito feeding times
    (dawn and dusk).

  • Eliminate water-holding containers (buckets, tires, etc.)
    from your property.
    • This will reduce numbers of several mosquito species.

Prevention poster

Video: MDH Know How: How To Apply DEET And Permethrin Products

  • Watch this 3 minute video that demonstrates the correct way to use and apply DEET products and Permethrin products used for insect repellent.

More about mosquito-transmitted illness prevention

The American Mosquito Control Association
The AMCA has additional suggestions for controlling mosquitoes and decreasing the risk of acquiring a mosquito-transmitted disease. Attention: Non-MDH link

Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
The MMCD provides a variety of mosquito control services to people living in an area covering 2,600 square miles in the seven county Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. Attention: Non-MDH link

CDC: West Nile Virus: Prevention and Control
The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family. Attention: Non-MDH link

EPA: Mosquito Control
The United States EPA offers several different methods of mosquito control, including information on how to find a repellent that is right for you. Attention: Non-MDH link


Updated Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 04:22PM