According to the Dallas Department of Health and Human Resources, preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid getting the West Nile virus. Remember the four Ds: Drain, Dusk/Dawn, Dress and DEET
1.Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Standing water can be found in swimming pools that are not kept clean, ponds, pet water dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters.
2.Dusk and dawn are the times of day you should stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active.
3.Dress in long-sleeved shirts and wear pants when you are outside. Spray thin clothing with insect repellent.
4.DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in insect repellent.