Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid getting the West Nile Virus. Remember the four Ds: Drain, Dusk-to-Dawn, Dress and Deet.
Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Standing water can be found in swimming pools that are not kept clean, ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters. Changing flushing water in flower pots and dog dishes twice a week should be sufficient. Be vigilant in removing standing water, because as little as a soda cap full can provide a breeding site for mosquitos.
Dusk-to-Dawn are the times of day you should stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active.
Dress in light colored long-sleeve shirts and wear pants when you are outside. Spray thin clothing with insect repellent.
DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent.