Mosquito Prevention Starts at Home, Simple Steps to Help Prevent Mosquitos


You can protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases during the summer and fall by avoiding getting bitten by mosquitoes.

Your Home

Prevent mosquitoes from entering your home by making sure your window and door screens are in good repair and are tightly attached.

Your Yard

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still water. Reduce mosquito breeding places in your yard by emptying, covering, or treating any items that hold water. More tips:

  • Empty or treat any items that hold water, such as flower pots, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, cans, and barrels.
  • Clean rain gutters, leaves in downspouts, and pooled water on flat roofs.
  • Remove unused tires and other items that could collect water.
  • Remove containers that may hold water in places that are hard to see, such as under bushes, porches, decks, or stairs.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Mosquito species found in Southeast Ohio are most active in the early evening and nighttime.

  • Consider wearing long-sleeve shirts, loose pants, and socks if you spend time outdoors during peak mosquito biting times.
  • If you are outdoors during peak mosquito biting times, apply a thin coat of insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin to clothing and exposed skin. Read the instructions on the label carefully before using the product.
  • When outdoors, cover your baby stroller or playpen with netting.

DEET and Repellents

Adults and children (age two months and older) should use repellant with 25% to 30% DEET. Repellents with DEET should never be used on children under two months of age. After returning indoors, wash off repellent with soap and water. If repellent is applied to clothing, wash the clothes before wearing again.

Alternatives to DEET include Picaridin (a chemical repellent) and oil of lemon eucalyptus (a plant-based repellent).

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), insect repellents containing DEET or Picaridin work better than other products. Studies have shown that oil of lemon eucalyptus, also known as PMD, works as well as low concentrations of DEET.

Picaridin should not be used on children under two months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under age 3.

When using repellent on a child, apply it to your own hands and then rub it on your child. Avoid your child’s eyes and mouth, and use it sparingly around the ears. Remember to keep repellents out of reach of children.



About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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