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As if protecting ourselves against COVID-19 and the flu (see a video by our CEO Roger Myers) isn’t enough we also need to watch out for mosquito-born diseases. These include Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus denge, and malaria. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitos is to avoid being bitten. The following can help protect you and your family from mosquito bites:

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellant. These are all evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Do not use repellant on babies younger than 2 months of age.
  • Do not apply insect repellant on a child’s hands, eyes, mouth or irritated skin.
  • Adults—apply repellant on your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Avoid areas where mosquitos can be present.
  • Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitos out of buildings. Do not prop open doors.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water in and around your home.

After working so hard to prevent COVID do not let a case of the flu or a simply mosquito bite be your downfall. STAY SAFE!

*Information was provided by the Oakland County Health Department.