Protecting your family from mosquito bites can prevent diseases. Mosquito-borne diseases are those spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Diseases that are spread to people by mosquitoes include Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria.

Parents should protect children and themselves from diseases spread by mosquitoes. Although most people do not become sick after a bite from an infected mosquito, some people have a mild, short-term illness or (rarely) severe or long-term illness. Severe cases of mosquito-borne diseases can cause death. People are at risk when they are working or playing where mosquitoes are biting. Different species of mosquitoes are found in different geographic locations, are most active at different times, and spread different diseases.

The risk to people varies with

  • type of habitat at available for mosquitos to breed
  • season
  • time of day.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. You should decrease mosquito populations in your yard by

  • removing, turning over, covering, or storing wheelbarrows, kiddie pools not currently in
  • use, as well as any items that could hold pooled water.
  • removing debris
  • filling in areas that collect standing water
  • reduce sources of standing water