Nobody likes mosquito bites. When mosquitoes bite people, the most common reactions are itching and swelling. However, some mosquito bites can spread germs that can make you sick. That's why it's important to prevent bites!
How to Prevent Mosquito-related Illnesses
Prevent mosquito bites:
- Wear long sleeves, long pants, shoes and socks when outdoors.
- Wear insect repellent containing active ingredients approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Visit the EPA's Inspect Repellent Search Tool for help in finding the right insect repellent for your needs. Spray clothing with repellent, as mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. Read repellent labels carefully and follow instructions.
Take steps to control mosquitoes in and around your home:
More Information on Mosquito-related Illnesses
What Do We Do About Mosquitos?
The Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD) works to track mosquito-related illness in our community. We help community members by sharing information and answering questions about mosquito-related illnesses.
As funding and capacity allow, we do surveillance work to monitor mosquito-related illness. This work involves identifying habitats for mosquito species of interest and trapping mosquitoes. After sorting and identifying the mosquitoes, we send target species to the state for testing. Our goal is to provide data on the presence and prevalence of local mosquito vectors. This can provide early warning of increased EEE, WNV, and Zika risk locally.
This year (2022), WCHD is conducting mosquito trapping at 10 sites throughout Washtenaw. If you come across a trap while you’re enjoying the outdoors, please don’t touch it!
WCHD intern Sarah on her way out to check mosquito traps (2019).