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.
- Spray Before You Work or Play West Nile Virus Prevention Poster
New poster from the Minnesota Department of Health.
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
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