West Nile Virus

Individually, there are a number of things you can do to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and black flies:

  • Wear suitable clothing. Dark colours tend to attract the insects so, choose light-coloured, loose-fitting garments tucked into your clothing and boots to prevent the smaller insects from crawling underneath. Head nets made of fine-mesh material can protect the head and neck in high infestation areas.
  • Use insect repellents. Repellents, applied thinly and evenly, give good protection. There are a variety of products on the market containing ingredients such as DEET or icaridin (also known as picaridin). Read the label directions carefully and choose one that meets your needs.
  • Avoid outdoor activities during peak fly periods. These insects tend to have population peaks in the early summer, so plan your excursions accordingly. The worst time for attacks is early in the morning, after a rain or in the early evening. Mosquitoes like to dine at dusk.

Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team