Summer Means Mosquitos: What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 3:15 pm

 

Mosquito season is here. YOU are the first line of defense against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.


Residents can take precautions to minimize exposure to mosquitos and reduce populations around their homes, especially during rainy periods. These include: 

 

Protect Yourself

  • Avoid going out at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you go outside, cover up with long-sleeved light shirts and long pants, socks and shoes.
  • Use mosquito repellent according to label directions.
  • Protect infants with mosquito netting.

Drain and Cover

  • Remove or empty water in old tires, cans, buckets, drums, bottles or other places where mosquitoes might breed.
  •  Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use. If unused, drain swimming pools and keep dry.
  •  Change water weekly in bird baths, plant saucers and trays.
  •  Store boats covered or upside down.
  •  Water bowls used by pets should be emptied and refilled daily.
  •  Fill holes around the home that may retain water.
  • Keep gutters around the home in good repair to avoid water build-up.
  • Keep weeds and grass cut short, as adult mosquitoes look for shady places to rest during hot daylight hours.
  • Be sure screens in homes are intact and tight-fitting to prevent entry of insects.

Call 311 and request spraying for mosquito control from Miami-Dade County.

 

For additional information on the Village of Key Biscayne's mosquito control program and efforts against the Zika virus, please visit the Village website's Document Center - Zika and Mosquito Control Strategies and/or contact Jennifer Duque at jduque@keybiscayne.fl.gov.

 

 

 

 

 


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