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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.