You may have heard recently in the news that West Nile Virus has
officially hit every one of the contiguous United States. All 48
states have reported cases of West Nile virus in animals and 43
states have had at least one human case. The virus is being spread
by mosquitoes, which transmit it by biting infected birds and then
The best way to protect
yourself from mosquito-transferred viruses like this is to reduce
your exposure to mosquitoes. There are simple steps you can take
- Mosquitoes love moisture so reduce the amount of standing water
on your property. At least once or twice a week, empty water from
flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool
covers, buckets, barrels, and cans.
- Make sure your gutters are working properly and water isn't
standing in them. Check rain gutters to make sure they are not
clogged and clean them out.
- Remove discarded items, such as tires, that could collect
water. Check for containers or trash in places that may be hard to
see, such as under your home or in the bushes.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are
spending time outdoors, weather permitting.
- When you are outdoors with infants, place mosquito netting over
strollers or carriers.
- Mosquitoes are most abundant at dawn, dusk, and in the early
evenings so try to stay indoors during those times.
- Repair any missing or broken window and door screens so that
mosquitoes cannot get inside your home.
- Apply insect repellent to exposed skin. Be sure to follow all
directions on the insect repellent bottle and pay attention to
There are a lot of options for insect repellents on the market
today, but the most effective repellents contain DEET
(N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). DEET was originally invented in 1946 by
the U.S. Army and has been tested to be effective against a variety
of biting insects.
Insect repellents may vary by their percentage of DEET. The more
DEET a repellent contains the longer time it can protect you from
mosquito bites. A higher percentage of DEET in a repellent does not
mean that your protection is better, just that it lasts longer.
Designed for workers who are exposed to insects all day long, our
Insect Repellent can give up to 10 hours of protection because
it contains 100% DEET.