Prevention

The best way to protect yourself and others from mosquito bites is by using personal protective measures.  You can help control the spread of West Nile Virus by repelling mosquitoes and eliminating their breeding areas.

The Eight Ds to Preventing Mosquito Bites 


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  • Dusk to Dawn -- avoid being outside and unprotected during these times
  • Defend yourself using mosquito repellent; children should ask an adult for help
  • Dress appropriately, wear long sleeve clothing
  • Drain standing water around home
  • Door and window screens should be fitted properly and free of tears and holes
  • Dead birds -- report them to Washington County Mosquito Control
  • Dial 503-846-2904 for free mosquito eating fish 

Eliminate Breeding Areas

Mosquitoes need standing water to breed.  Look for and eliminate the places around your home where water collects.  Anything that can hold water for more than a few days should be emptied weekly, covered, or turned upside down.  Encourage your neighbors to do the same. 

Read more information on how to Fight the Bite at the CDC's website