Knox County Tennessee

Mosquito-Transmitted Disease Prevention

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Mosquitoes can be more than a nuisance; they can carry diseases.

Fight the bite and prevent mosquito bites and breeding by dumping standing water, wearing protective clothing and applying recommended repellent.



Preventing Mosquito Bites

Prevent Bites with the "4 D's"

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DRAIN | Mosquitoes breed in water! Drain any standing water in your yard. Bird baths, clogged gutters and kiddie pools are common breeding sites.

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DRESS | Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors. Spray clothing with insect repellent, since mosquitoes can bite through clothing.

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DEET | Whenever you are outside, use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Use an approved repellent according to its label.

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DAWN/DUSK | Limit time spent outdoors at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active and feeding.

Prevention – Eliminating Breeding Grounds

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Eliminating mosquito breeding areas is an important factor in controlling the mosquito population. We urge you to reduce breeding sites around your home by taking these essential steps:

  • Dispose of, regularly empty, or turn over any water holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flower pots or trash cans
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors
  • Clear out gutters to avoid pooling water
  • Change the water in birdbaths twice a week
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use
  • Keep swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs clean and properly chlorinated
  • Remove standing water from pool covers
  • Keep grass cut short and trim shrubs to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes
  • Fill in hollow tree stumps and rot holes with sand or concrete
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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

Infant and childhood immunizations as well as adult vaccines by appointment ONLY. Please call 865-215-5950.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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