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Information about West Nile Virus (WNV) 

Protect yourself from mosquito bites

Apply Insect Repellent. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Lemon eucalyptus oil should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak WNV-Transmitting Mosquito Hours. Dawn and dusk are peak biting times for mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities during that time. Also, be aware of day-time biting mosquitoes and report them to the District.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitoes away from skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places for mosquitoes to breed by draining/discarding items that hold water, such as old tires. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty unused flowerpots, saucers under the pots, and wading pools. Change water and scrub clean birdbaths and pet bowls at least weekly.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

 

Reporting

Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District: 760-342-8287 or email:cvmosquito@cvmvcd.org

 

 

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