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Mosquito Prevention Tips

Mosquitoes lay eggs in still water, which hatch in 7 to 10 days. If standing water is eliminated weekly, many mosquitoes will be kept from breeding in the first place...and with fewer mosquitoes, you can have more fun in your yard and throughout Indiana! Here are some things you can do:

• Remove standing water in ponds, ditches, clogged rain gutters, flower pots, plant saucers, puddles, buckets, garden equipment and cans.

• Check for items that might hold water including barbecues, toys, pool covers, tarps, plastic sheeting, boats, canoes and trash.

• Avoid mosquitoes by staying indoors at dawn and dusk when the bugs are most active.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.

• Apply insect repellent that contains DEET. Use only 10% DEET on children, and make sure everyone washes their hands well so that they do not get any creme in their eyes or mouth. Follow directions carefully.

Learn more about DEET.

Insect Repellent Use and Safety

Insect Repellent Use and Saftety/EPA Fact Sheets on DEET

Outdoor Enthusiasts

Don't stop enjoying outdoor activities, just learn some simple yet effective prevention measures to reduce your risks, even if you're only in your own backyard.

People hiking, camping, hunting and fishing need to take special precautions, especially when around mosquito breeding areas. Be prepared with insect repellent, protective clothing, mosquito netting and the shelter of your car or tent.

Links for outdoor enthusiasts

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana State Parks

Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife

Print a brochure

Common questions and answers (CDC)

Warnings for game hunters (CDC)

CDC Public Service Announcements

"Tell Mosquitoes to Buzz Off:" A Public Service Announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Watch a public service announcement (PSA) that shows people how to prevent West Nile virus and explains what the risk of the disease is, in just seconds.

West Nile virus PSA in English RealPlayer video (33 sec.)

West Nile virus PSA in Spanish RealPlayer video (33 sec.)

You must have RealOne Player to view the PSAs.

A special thanks to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for graciously permitting the use of the graphics and West Nile virus tips found on this page.