Avoiding Mosquito Bites

While we all enjoy the long hot days of summer, mosquitos can interrupt your fun.  They also carry and can transmit the Zika Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases so it is important to know how to avoid being bitten by mosquitos.

Use Repellant – this is the most effective way to avoid mosquito bites.

  • DEET 20-50% formulations, applied as directed, provide several hours of protection. DEET is safe for pregnant women after the first trimester and children older than 2 months.
  • Picardin & IR3535 are also useful and safe for pregnant women and children.
  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is a natural repellant and may be as effective as DEET

Not Effective:  Citronella products are not considered to be effective.  Also, not effective are DEET wristbands and electronic devices and no vitamin or food has been proven to either repel or attract mosquitos.

Cover Up whenever possible.  Wear long pants and long sleeves to protect your skin from being bitten by a mosquito.

Prevent Mosquito breeding by eliminating any standing water on your property.  Mosquitos only need one bottle cap of water to reproduce.  Search your home, both inside and outside for any potential mosquito breeding spots.  Prime examples of breeding spots are containers, flower pots or trays, or anywhere you have standing water.

If you do experience a mosquito bite or get sick from a mosquito bite, your IMA provider is here to help you.