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Mosquito-Borne Illness Awareness

 Winning the Battle Against Mosquitoes 
– Five Simple Steps –

As you participate in outdoor festivities and celebrations, don't let mosquitoes get the best of you; remember these five easy tips to win your battle against these pests.It all begins with "Drain and Cover!"
  1. DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying. Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
  2. Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
  3. Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  4. Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
  5. Cover your skin with clothing and repellent and your doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out. Repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
Win the battle against mosquitoes by arming and protecting yourself and stop mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your home or business. Remember: When in doubt, Drain and Cover.

Florida Arbovirus Surveillance Report - August 30, 2014
For more information on how to prevent, mosquito bites and the diseases they carry, visit the Florida Department of Health's Mosquito-borne Diseases page.

Posters for download
Drain-cover poster (English)
Drain-cover poster (Spanish)


Tips on Repellent Use

  • Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent.  Some repellents are not suitable for children.  
  • Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET are generally recommended.  Other EPA-approved repellents contain Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.  These products are generally available at local pharmacies.  Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label. 
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing. 
  • In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate.  According to the CDC, mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of 3 years.  DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old.
  •  Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children.  Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.  
  • If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing.  Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions.