Massachusetts Department of Public Health

How can I protect myself and my family from mosquito bites?

There is no vaccine for West Nile virus (WNV). The only way to protect yourself is to keep mosquitoes from biting you. Follow these steps every summer if you live in or visit an area with mosquitoes:

How can I reduce the number of mosquitoes around my home and neighborhood?

To reduce mosquito populations around your home and neighborhood, get rid of any standing water that is available for mosquito breeding. Mosquitoes will breed in any puddle or standing water that lasts for more than four days. Here are some simple steps you can take:

April 2000