West Nile Virus: The 4 Ds

The most effective way to avoid contracting WNV is SELF PROTECTION. And it’s so easy and inexpensive too.

Just follow the 4 Ds:

usk to Dawn

Stay indoors during evening to early Morning hours — from about 7:00 pm to 6:00 am. This is when mosquitoes are most active… and hungry!


In long sleeves and pants when outdoors. Clothes are that magic barrier to keep mosquitoes from finding skin to bite.

ump and Defend

Get rid of any water outside that has been standing for more than three days, including stagnant swimming pools, birdbaths, pet dishes, empty pots and planters, clogged rain gutters, etc. Mosquitoes only need a few inches of standing water to breed, so keep policing the outside of your home to get rid of all of it!

While you’re at it, keep unwanted pest guests out of your home by repairing or installing window and door screens.


Use insect repellant containing DEET or other proven deterrents (here’s a list) on your outer clothing and exposed skin (never skin under clothing). These products are safe when used according to their directions. And they help keep mosquitoes and other insects like ticks away!

Follow the 4 Ds and you’ll be doing the best thing to do to keep mosquitoes, and West Nile Virus, away this summer!

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