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Protect yourself and your home from Mosquitoes!

Protect your house from mosquito infestation by cleaning gutters, repairing door and window screens, fill holes, remove toys, buckets, and pots, fix leaky faucets and pipes, cover pools, and change birdbath water.

Mosquitoes spread many diseases. Enjoy Cape Cod without the bites!

  • Stay indoors! It’s best to remain indoors when mosquitoes are most active – which is dusk to dawn.
  • Use insect repellent! Use insect repellents with 20-30% DEET, 10–20% picardin, 10-20% IR3535, or 30-40% oil of lemon eucalyptus on skin and clothes to prevent bites.
  • Wear long clothing! When outside wear long pants, sleeves, shoes, and socks. Apply permethrin to clothes and gear. It lasts through several washes after it is applied. Do not apply permethrin directly to skin.


The most effective way to reduce the number of mosquitoes around homes and neighborhoods is to find and eliminate their breeding sites – standing water. Regardless of weather, there are plenty of potential places in which mosquitoes can develop. A neglected bird bath, swimming pool, or clogged rain gutter can produce hundreds of new mosquitoes in just a few days. Here are effective steps that you can take to minimize mosquito breeding:

  • Clean gutters: keep water running freely.
  • Repair door and window screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.
  • Fill holes and keep water from forming puddles.
  • Remove toys, buckets and pots; dump out any water-filled items.
  • Fix leaky faucets and pipes to get rid of dripping water.
  • Cover and protect pools and hot tubs when not in use.
  • Change birdbath water regularly to keep the water clean

If you are BITTEN

  • Wash the bit with soap and water.
  • Apply calamine lotion to help stop the itching.
  • If you get sick after being bitten and suspect a mosquito-borne illness, CALL YOUR DOCTOR!

For the most up-to-date surveillance information, visit:

MA Department of Public Health mosquito borne diseases web page

To find towns affected by EEE, visit:

This information was provided by Fight the Bite – a collaboration between

the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project (Phone: (508) 775-1510) and Barnstable County Government.