Tick-borne and Mosquito-borne Disease Information

Department of Behavioral & Community Health


Tick & Mosquito Info Poster
with QR Code for Smart Phones


Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health Partners with
Dutchess County Fair to educate residents and visitors


Safety Tips to Prevent Tick-borne and Mosquito-borne Illnesses:

Insect Repellent - Use an EPA registered repellent containing one of the following active ingredients: DEET, IR3535, or picaridin. Look for the EPA graphic that indicates if a repellent works for ticks, mosquitoes, or both, and for how the long.  The EPA website also provides a tool to help with repellent selection. Read labels carefully and follow application instructions, paying particular attention to recommendations for use on children.

Clothing - Tuck pants into your socks and wear loose-fitting light-colored clothing to protect against mosquitoes and to make it easier to spot ticks before they get on to your skin.

Tick Checks - Check yourself, your family and your pets for ticks frequently and soon after you come in from the outdoors. Showering within two hours of returning inside can also help you find and remove ticks that may not yet have attached.

Know the Symptoms - Symptoms can be similar for both tick-borne and mosquito-borne illness, and can include fatigue, fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle and joint aches, or a rash. If you develop these symptoms, do not delay seeking medical care.

Property maintenance - Both ticks and mosquitoes thrive in moist and wet environments. Mow your grass short to lower moisture; clear brush and rake often to reduce leaf litter; drain water standing in containers such as flower pots, pet dishes, bird baths, discarded tires, and wading pool to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

For More Information on Tick-borne or Mosquito-borne Diseases, click on one of the graphics below:


Click on image for more information about Tick-borne Diseases
Tick-Borne Diseases
Click HERE for more information



Click on image for more information about Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Click HERE for more information



A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
Dutchess County Seal