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Preventing Mosquito Bites (4)

Mosquitoes can follow you into your home or enter through unscreened doors and windows that have been left open or are opened frequently. Screening your doors and windows is a great solution to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes. Regularly check your screens to make sure they fit tightly into the window or door frame and that there are no holes. Also, make sure you do not have standing water inside your homes. Vases, plant trays, and unused bathrooms are potential breeding sources for the invasive Aedes mosquitoes. See Mosquito Sources for more details about mosquito sources and how to properly manage them.


Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered repellents and wear loose long-sleeved shirts, and pants that are light-colored. When using, or purchasing, EPA-registered repellents, look for the active ingredients DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or para-menthane-diol (PMD). Look for these active ingredients at 20% or above. Click here for more information about EPA-registered repellents.

Mosquitoes rely on a combination of stimuli in order to seek their hosts: carbon dioxide, temperature, moisture, odor, color, and movement. In this case, mosquitoes can be attracted to humans because we produce carbon dioxide when we breathe and also release chemical signals to mosquitoes when we sweat.


Only female mosquitoes bite. Female mosquitoes bite humans and other animals to get a blood meal. They need protein from the blood to make their eggs.


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