Mosquito Bite Tips

As many of these tips that you follow can lessen your chances of getting bitten!
  • Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn
  • If you must be outdoors- wear long sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Use an insect repellant that contains DEET
  • Take extra care to cover the arms and legs of our younger islanders
  • Make sure there are no gaps or holes in screen doors or windows

Reducing Mosquito Numbers

  • Get rid of standing water! Mosquitoes will breed in shallow standing water if left for more than 4 days
  • Empty any cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or other water holding containers on your property paying special attention to discarded tires
  • Clean clogged roof drains, and drill holes in the bottom of all containers that are routinely left outside
  • Turn over plastic wading pools, wheel barrows, bird baths, etc. daily
  • Landscape to eliminate standing water on your property
  • Also, currently on the market, there are a number of mosquito eradication devices which attract the mosquito and remove it from the environment
If mosquitoes are still prevalent on your property after following these tips, please notify the Nantucket Health Department at 508-228-7226 or the Nantucket Department of Public Works at 508-228-7244
Prevention Starts With You....
Ways to prevent mosquitoes on your property have been complied in this easy to read brochure. Spread the word!