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Outdoor Enthusiasts
and Tourists

Don't 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!

Hiking, Camping, Fishing
and Back Yard Activities

Because of the outdoor exposure, take special precautions against mosquito bites. Be prepared... bring insect repellent, protective clothing, mosquito netting and utilize the shelter of your car or a screened tent.

Mosquitoes are even present at high altitude, so prevent bites with proper clothing and insect repellent. Always apply sunscreen before you apply repellent. (New Info)

Protect yourself from mosquitoes... in the backwoods and in the back yard!

Hunters 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.

Print a personal protection tip sheet
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Common questions and answers (CDC)
West Nile Information Pages (Colo.)

Mosquito Prevention Tips:

Mosquitoes 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:

• Remove 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.

• Avoid mosquitoes by staying indoors or in your tent at dawn and dusk when the bugs are most active.

• Wear socks, long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.

• If possible, avoid mosquitoes by keeping kids indoors at dawn and dusk when the bugs are most active (by tracey at tests forge). 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.

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

New - More Repellents Approved (CDC)

For 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
English: 1-888-246-2675
Español: 1-888-246-2857
Hearing-impaired TDD: 1-866-874-2646


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