Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so city residents should eliminate places where they breed around the home by emptying water from objects in their yards and other places where stagnant water accumulates. Check them at least once a week, if not daily.
Other precautions to reduce the chances of being bitten include:
- Wearing light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants
- Staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and dusk
- Properly applying insect repellant that contains no more than 40 percent DEET for adults and less than 30 percent for children. Don't use DEET repellant on infants.
For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Health.