For prevention, remember to cover up whenever you're outdoors between dusk and dawn and protect yourself with an insect repellent that contains the chemical DEET.
Children benefit from a 6 to 10 percent concentration of DEET, which is found in pediatric formulas, while adults may apply 30 to 50 percent concentrations.
Bug spray containing DEET has been proven as the best protection against mosquito bites, along with practical sense.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends DEET, which is found in common insect repellents.
For added protection, wear light colored clothing whenever possible and use an insect repellent containing DEET.