Mosquitoes Vector for disease

Mosquitoes are pests not only for their itchy bites, but also for their ability to carry pathogens that can be transmitted through their proboscis.

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Prevent Mosquito Bites (CDC Guidelines)

Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites

Use Insect Repellent

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellentsexternal icon with one of the active ingredients below. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Find the right insect repellent for you by using EPA’s search toolexternal icon.

Tips for babies and children

Tips for Everyone

Natural insect repellents (repellents not registered with EPA)

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants

Treat clothing and gear

Take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors

Prevent mosquito bites when traveling overseas

Learn how to control mosquitos inside and outside your home >>

Related Resources
Mosquito Bite Prevention for the United States
How to Protect Against Mosquito Bites for Travelers
Mosquito Bites Can Make You Sick
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