Protection & Resources

Helpful Tips

Most mosquitoes bite at dusk or at night, but some kinds will bite during the day. Almost all mosquitoes will try to bite you if you enter an area where they are nesting. To protect yourself from mosquito bites, follow these tips:
  • When possible, avoid places and times when mosquitoes bite (especially during dusk and dawn).
  • Wear shoes, socks, and light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Make sure door and window screens fit tightly, and repair any holes.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors and around small babies for protection at all times.
  • Use mosquito repellents with about 30% DEET (about 10% DEET for children age 2-12). Adults should supervise repellent use on children. Do not use any repellents on children under 2 years of age without consulting your doctor. Apply them to clothes whenever possible and apply sparingly to skin if the label permits. Wash repellent off daily. Do not apply over cuts or irritated skin or near the eyes, lips or nose.
  • Remove or report standing water from around your house, such as in buckets and wading pools since some mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.
  • For properties east of Pfingsten and south of Dundee, you can report mosquito-breeding sites to the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District at 847-446-9434.
  • For properties west of Pfingsten and north of Dundee, you can report mosquito-breeding sites to the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District at 847-537-2306.
  • Do not rely on insect light electrocuters ("bug zappers"). They do little to reduce biting mosquitoes in an area.
  • Always report a dead bird or remove it using rubber gloves or a plastic bag to pick up the bird, double bag the bird, and then discard the bird in the trash.