CDPHE offers the following Mosquito-Borne Virus Prevention and Control tips to decrease exposure to mosquitoes and the viruses they may carry.

CDPHE offers the following Mosquito-Borne Virus Prevention and Control tips to decrease exposure to mosquitoes and the viruses they may carry:

• Limit outside activity around dawn and dusk when Culex tarsalis mosquitoes feed. This is particularly important for elderly adults and small children.

• Wear protective clothing such as lightweight long pants and long sleeve shirts when outside.

• Apply insect repellant to exposed skin when outside. Repellents with DEET are effective, but should be applied sparingly.

• Products with 10 percent or less of DEET are recommended for children. Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes in them.

• Drain all standing water on private property, no matter how small an amount.

• Stock permanent ponds or fountains with fish that eat mosquito larvae. Change water in birdbaths or wading pools and empty flowerpot saucers of standing water at least once a week.

• Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks or puddles that remain for several days.

• Make sure roof gutters drain properly and remove any standing water under or around structures or on flat roofs.

• Remove items that could collect water such as old tires, buckets, empty cans, and food and beverage containers.

• Eliminate seepage and standing water from cisterns, cesspools, septic tanks, and animal watering tanks.

• Do not over-water lawns and gardens to prevent standing water.

Colorado surveillance data for mosquito-borne viruses is available on the following Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.

- www.cdphe.state.co.us