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West Nile Virus  

Fight the Bite! Mesa County residents are urged to take percautions against West Nile Virus.

Fight the Bite  

 Personal Protective Measures:

  • Use insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when in areas where mosquitoes are active.
  • Drain standing water on property.
  • Avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn; this is when mosquitoes are most active.

Precautions and Tips for Using Insect Repellent

  • Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label). Do not
    use repellents under clothing.
  • Never use repellents over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
  • Do not apply to eyes or mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using sprays, do not spray directly on face—spray on hands first and then apply to face.
  • Do not allow children to handle the product. When using on children, apply to your own hands first and then put it on the child. You may not want to apply to children’s hands.
  • Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Heavy application and saturation are generally unnecessary for effectiveness. If biting insects do not respond to a thin film of repellent, then apply a bit more.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe. This is particularly
    important when repellents are used repeatedly in a day or on consecutive days. Also, wash
    treated clothing before wearing it again. (This precaution may vary with different repellents—
    check the product label).
Consumer Protection Program
Community Services Building
510 29 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Mailing Address:
Mesa County Health Department
PO Box 20,000-5033
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Phone: 970 248-6900
Fax: 970 248-6923
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - noon

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