While mosquitoes usually are considered a nuisance pest, some species of mosquitoes can spread diseases to people that can cause illness or death.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in moist areas, and only require a teaspoon of standing water. They remain in the water until they mature into adults and fly off. Many mosquitoes will breed in any container that holds water, such as flowerpots, wading pools or discarded tires.
Most mosquitoes are active between dusk and dawn, when the air is calm. However, others will feed at any time of day. Mosquitoes are active from early summer until late fall in New York State.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites, especially resident living in the woodland swamp areas in the Town of Sullivan (northern Madison County) where Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) have historically been detected in mosquito species.
Mosquitoes usually become infected from feeding on infected birds. An infected mosquito can spread disease to a person from a bite. Prevent bites by:
*Use repellent with an active ingredient effective against mosquitoes like DEET, Picaridin, or IR 3535.
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