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In Oklahoma, mosquito season is typically from May to November. Mosquitoes are known to carry diseases, which include the West Nile virus, Chikungunya, and some types of encephalitis. In Oklahoma, the West Nile virus is the predominant mosquito-borne disease.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health updates the data for West Nile on their website weekly during mosquito season. For more information, please refer to the West Nile section of the OSDH website.
*For more information on terms and different types of West Nile Virus infections, please see our West Nile Virus FAQ section.
Here at OCCHD, we have an integrated strategy in place for Oklahoma County to control mosquitoes. We constantly and continually update this strategy by using many different kinds of data.
Individuals in Oklahoma County and the U.S. in general can reduce their risk of contracting the West Nile virus by getting rid of standing water around houses and by using insect repellant. Here is a simple way to remember how to “Fight the Bite” using the 4 D’s of mosquito safety:
1. DRAIN standing water on your property so mosquitoes won’t breed
2. Use insect repellant that contains DEET on your clothes
3. Stay indoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most prevalent
4. DRESS in long sleeves and pants and spray insect repellant on your clothes