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Staying Safe from Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Keep yourself and your family safe from mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus or encephalitis. The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends the following:

•  Use insect repellent. Repellent should contain between 25-35 percent DEET. This should be applied sparingly to exposed skin or clothing. However, you should consult a physician before using repellent on young children.

•  Stay indoors at dawn, dusk and early evening. This is a mosquito’s high activity time. If you must be outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts that cover exposed skin. Loose-fitting, light colored clothing is best.

•  Repair torn screens. Check around your home for tears or gaps in your screen doors and windows. Repair ripped or torn screens, including on patios and porches.

•  Eliminate stagnant water in and around your yard. This is a mosquito’s breeding ground. Empty non-aerated ponds, flowers pot reservoirs, old tires and any other containers which hold water. Bird baths and wading pools should be emptied nightly.