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Health Tip: Keep Mosquitoes at Bay

(HealthDay News) -- Mosquito bites can be more than just an itchy annoyance; they can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus.

The California Department of Public Health suggests how to help prevent mosquito bites:

  • As standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, promptly eliminate any standing water around your home.
  • Stay indoors during the times when mosquitoes are most active, notably at dusk and dawn.
  • Use an insect repellent that protects against mosquitoes, such as those that include DEET, IR-3535, oil of lemon, eucalyptus or picaridin.
  • Check window screens to make sure they do not need repair.

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