Preventing Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes can do more than just annoy you. They can also spread dangerous diseases, like Zika, West Nile virus and dengue.

Check out these tips to prevent bites:

1. Use bug repellent
Make sure it contains FDA-recommended ingredients, like DEET.

2. Dress to protect
Wear long sleeves and pants to cover your arms and legs.

4. Avoid strong fragrances
Scented lotions and perfumes can attract mosquitoes.

5. Protect your home
Make sure that your windows have screens to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.

6. Throw away standing water
Mosquitoes breed in water, so empty water collected in rain gutters, buckets, toys and other locations outside.

American Public Health Association