Prevent mosquito bites
Defend yourself against mosquito bites. Mosquitoes can carry diseases like La Crosse Encephalitis and West Nile Virus. Lorain County Public Health encourages residents to prevent mosquito bites to protect themselves from disease.
In order to prevent mosquito bites and the diseases they carry, follow these steps:
- Use insect repellent that has DEET, Picardin, IR3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus in it.
- Apply repellent whenever you go outside, since mosquitoes can bite day or night.
- Protect babies by spraying repellent on your hand first, then apply to their skin – be careful to not get repellent in eyes or mouth.
- Wear protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Check out your yard once a week and get rid of standing water – turn over kiddie pools and buckets, properly maintain swimming pools and ornamental ponds, get rid of old tires, and clean out the birdbath - see the infographic below.
Some of the symptoms of West Nile and La Crosse virus are: fever, tiredness, headache, body aches, joint pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; with West Nile virus you may also develop a rash. If you get sick after being bitten by a mosquito contact your healthcare provider (doctor) to get the treatment you may need.