Safety FAQs

Q: Is making mosquito observations safe?

We focus GLOBE Observers on larvae, an immature developmental stage of the mosquito, that does not transmit disease to humans. While you are out making observations, use appropriate protection such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites. Apply approved insect repellents to skin and clothing as directed on the product label. DEET-containing products are one example. Minimize exposure time by collecting samples and returning indoors to analyze the samples. For more information, please see mosquito bite prevention information in the U.S. and for travelers from the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionPlease also see this list of resources, including safety information, from the U.S. Department of State.