Protecting Yourself from Mosquitoes
- Avoid places and times when mosquitoes bite. Evenings and mornings have the most mosquito activity.
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Pants legs should be tucked into shoes or socks, and collars should be buttoned.
- Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure.
- Use an insect repellent such as DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), or other recommended ingredients. More about recommended mosquito repellents »