Mosquito Facts

Why Do They Bite Us

Our partner in mosquito management and vector control, VDCI, has broken down all the frequently asked questions revolving around mosquitos. Learn what attracts mosquitos and why they bite us.Backyard (JPG) Opens in new window

West Nile Virus

Did you know West Nile Virus (WNV) is typically transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have previously fed upon and infected bird? Learn more about WNV and which mosquitoes carry this dangerous disease

Did you know West Nile virus (WNV) is the most common virus transmitted by mosquitoes to humans in the U.S.? Did you know that Uinta County tests mosquitoes for WNV? While we did not find WNV in Uinta County mosquitoes in 2021, understanding what WNV is and how it spreads is vital to public health. Learn more about WNV and what symptoms you can look out for.

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5 D's of West Nile Virus Prevention

Although mosquitoes are most active at dusk or dawn, some bite during the day. Mosquitoes will bite is you enter an area where they are resting, such as high grass or heavy underbrush. While it is not necessary to limit outdoor activity (unless there is evidence of mosquito-borne disease in the area), you can and should reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. Common sense steps you can take to minimize the probability of infection include remembering the 5 D's of West Nile Virus Prevention. 

DawnWhen possible, avoid spending time outside.
DuskWhen possible, avoid spending time outside. 
DressWear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
DrainReduce the amount of standing water in or near your property by draining and/or removing it. Mosquitoes may lay eggs in areas with standing water. 
DeetFor additional protection from mosquitoes, use an insect repellent containing DEET (N, N-diethyl_m-toluamide) or Picaridin (KBR 3023). Other insect repellents such as oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are also registered by the EPA but may be less effective than products containing DEET. It is important to follow the product guidelines when using insect repellent.