stop enjoying outdoor activities, just learn some simple yet
effective prevention measures to reduce your risks.
Protect yourself from mosquitoes...
in the backwoods and in the back yard!
and Back Yard Activities
of the outdoor exposure, take special precautions against mosquito bites.
Be prepared... bring insect repellent that contains DEET, protective clothing,
mosquito netting and utilize the shelter of your car or a screened tent.
are even present at high altitude, so prevent bites with proper clothing
and insect repellent. Always apply sunscreen before you apply DEET. (New Info)
yourself from mosquitoes... in the backwoods and in the back yard!
should follow the usual precautions when handling wild animals. Wear gloves
when handling and cleaning
animals to prevent blood exposure to bare hands and meat should be cooked
thoroughly before eating.
for game hunters (CDC)
a personal protection tip sheet
a home and garden checklist
questions and answers (CDC)
Nile Information Pages (Colo.)
lay eggs in still water, which hatch in 7 to 10 days. If standing water
is eliminated weekly, many mosquitoes will be kept from breeding in the
first place... and with fewer mosquitoes, you can have more fun in your
yard and throughout Colorado! Here are some things you can do:
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 barbecues, toys,
pool covers, tarps, plastic sheeting, boats, canoes and trash.
by staying indoors or in your tent at dawn and dusk when the bugs are
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
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.
If possible, 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.
American Academy of Pediatrics Link
Persons who are concerned about using DEET or other products on children may wish to consult their health care provider for advice. The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) can also provide information through a toll-free number, 1-800-858-7378 or npic.orst.edu.
a DEET brochure
DEET Online Website
and Folk Remedies
New - More Repellents Approved (CDC)
more information call the toll-free
Colorado West Nile Virus HelpLine
1- 877- 462-2911
Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
West Nile Virus InfoLines
Hearing-impaired TDD: 1-866-874-2646
for outdoor enthusiasts:
State Parks Homepage
State Parks Listings
Division of Wildlife
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