Repellents that contain an active ingredient which has been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been proven to be most effective when applied according to the instructions on the label.
When there is a need for both sunscreen and insect repellent, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using two separate products rather than a dual purpose one, as repellents do not need to be reapplied as often as sunscreen.
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District, in accordance with the CDC, recommends repellents that contain one of the following active ingredients:
- Picaridin (PMD)
- Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
Simple ways to help reduce exposure to mosquitoes:
- Eliminate standing water in rain barrels, old tires, buckets, kiddie pools or any other item that can hold water for more than a week.
- Report mosquito problems, neglected swimming pools, or any area that could be producing mosquitoes.
- Stock backyard ponds or other permanent water features with mosquitofish. The fish are free and can be delivered or simply picked up at the District office.
- Report dead birds to the West Nile virus hotline at 1-877-968-2473.
- Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors at dusk and dawn. Use a repellent containing one of the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.
Report dead birds to the West Nile virus Hotline at 1-877-968-2473 or online at www.westnile.ca.gov.