At Home and Back-to-School
stop enjoying outdoor activities, just learn some simple yet effective
prevention measures to reduce the risks, including precautions for children
participating in before and after school activities. Check with your local
school district for more information. Use insect repellent with DEET when
outdoors... in the backwoods and in the back yard!
The West Nile virus
is carried long distances by infected birds and then spread locally by
mosquitoes that bite these birds. The mosquitoes can then pass the virus
to humans when they bite.
avoid mosquitoes by keeping kids indoors at dawn and dusk when the bugs
are most active. Mosquitoes are not active during the heat of the day.
Have kids wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
Babies can be protected from mosquitoes by covering their carrier in mosquito
netting or thin fabric.
Q. Is DEET safe for use on children?
A. Repellent products must state any age restriction on the label. If there is none, the EPA has not required a restriction on the use of the product.
You may apply a product containing up to 30% DEET on any child over two months of age. Do not let children apply it themselves, and be sure everyone washes their hands well so that they do not get anything
in their eyes or mouth. Always follow directions carefully.
Q. Is Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus safe for use on children?
A. According to the label, oil of lemon eucalyptus products should NOT be used on children under 3 years of age.
American Academy of Pediatrics Link
lay eggs in still water, which hatch in 7 to 10 days. If standing water
is eliminated around the house or school weekly, many mosquitoes will
be kept from breeding in the first place... and with fewer mosquitoes,
everyone can have more fun outdoors!
standing water in ponds, ditches, clogged rain gutters, flower pots, plant
saucers, puddles, buckets, garden
equipment and cans.
Check for items that might hold water including toys, pool covers,
tarps, plastic sheeting, boats, canoes and trash.
Drill drainage holes in tire swings.
in wading pools weekly.
a personal protection tip sheet
a home and garden checklist
• Print a brochure
here to go to our Kid's Page with West Nile Virus Educational
• DEET- Products
• New Repellents Approved (CDC)
a DEET brochure
• DEET Online Website
and Folk Remedies
NOTE: Even in areas
where the virus is circulating, very few mosquitoes are infected with
the virus. Even if a mosquito is infected, less than 1% of people who
get bitten and become infected will get severely ill. The chances anyone
will become severely ill from any one mosquito bite are extremely small.
more information call the toll-free
Colorado West Nile Virus HelpLine
1- 877- 462-2911
Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
CDC West Nile Virus InfoLines
Hearing-impaired TDD: 1-866-874-2646
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