Warmer weather is here and the start of summer is right around the corner. In other words, it’s mosquito season. That means it’s time to remember the 5 Ds to protect yourself from mosquitoes and reduce the risk of the diseases they can spread.
DUMP OR DRAIN any standing water to deny mosquitoes a place to lay their eggs.
DAWN AND DUSK are times to avoid being outside because this is when mosquitoes
that can transmit West Nile virus are most active.
DEFEND yourself against disease-carrying mosquitoes by using insect repellents that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) such as DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
When using insect repellent, always follow the instructions on the label. In this District video, watch how to properly apply CDC-recommended insect repellents.