Simple steps around the home and yard can help protect you from mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus.
Avoid areas where mosquitoes are more prevalent: shady or overgrown outdoor areas, and places where the ground stays moist or wet.
Avoid mosquito-prone areas, or use extra protection, during evenings and mornings, when mosquitoes are most active.
Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt to avoid mosquito bites. Clothing should be made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or indoors where mosquitoes may be present.
Use an insect repellent that contains DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient such as picaridin, permethrin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. The effectiveness of different ingredients varies, so choose one that is right for your activity and mosquito conditions.