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Mosquito-borne viral diseases can be transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Both daytime and nighttime biters are capable of spreading viral diseases. All Mississippians are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Mosquitoes can easily breed around your home and in discarded, unused, or unmaintained containers.

Mosquitos can breed in small areas of standing water such as containers, backed-up gutters, discarded tires, or any area where small amounts of water are left standing for four or more days.

Weeds, tall grass, and shrubbery provide an outdoor home for adult mosquitoes, which may also enter houses through unscreened windows or doors, or through broken screens.

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn when the air is calm, and are most likely to bite at these times. However, mosquitoes will feed at any time of the day. It is important to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home:

  • Reduce or eliminate all standing water in your yard and remove containers in which water can collect;
  • Make sure all windows and doors that stay open have screens; and,
  • Keep all screens repaired.

Tips from the Mississippi State Department of Health