Help Keep ‘Squitoes Away This Summer

COLUMBUS, OH – Dr. Shandra Day, an infectious disease physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, shares six tips to protect yourself from mosquitoes this summer season:

  1. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent: Repellents with DEET are highly effective, but there are alternatives with ingredients like picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  2. Wear clothing treated with an insecticide: Permethrin-treated clothing can kill or repel mosquitoes. You can usually find permethrin in outdoor stores.
  3. Make sure door and window screens are intact: Check all door and window screens and repair any holes to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside your home.
  4. Use air conditioning.
  5. Remove standing water around your home: Look for areas where mosquitoes can lay eggs and breed. At least once a week, disturb and clean areas of standing water to prevent eggs from hatching.
  6. Place netting over cribs, strollers and car seats: Children 2 months and younger cannot use insect repellent.