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Preventing Mosquito and Tick Bites

Preventing Mosquito and Tick Bites

While tiny in size, mosquitoes can still manage to be pesky and persistent insects. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk during the warmer months.

Mosquitoes can be responsible for transmitting West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) viruses to humans. We hear a lot about these viruses during the early fall, as that’s when mosquitoes are most likely to carry them. Researchers believe West Nile and EEE are spread when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a person. While it’s rare to contract West Nile or EEE virus, severe cases can be life threatening, and old age is considered a risk factor for both viruses.

After a long New England winter, we deserve and need our time outdoors.  Follow these tips on how to stop mosquito bites and enjoy the nice weather.

  • Stay inside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants when you go outside at dawn or dusk.
  • Use bug spray to keep mosquitoes and ticks away if you do go out at dawn or dusk.
  • Drain areas of standing water near your home.
  • Keep foods and drinks covered when you are outside.
  • Repair door and window screens as needed.

Click here for more information on how to stop mosquito bites and learn more about proper insect bite treatment.  

Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, M.D.'s picture

About the Blogger


Dr. Rhodes-Kropf, is a staff geriatrician at HRC. She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina and completed her internal medicine internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her residency in internal medicine at Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Rhodes-Kropf, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, completed a geriatrics fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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