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By Noreen Nickola-Williams

June 28, 2019

SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL: In recognition of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 23rd to June 29, 2019), Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County and the Anastasia Mosquito Control District remind residents and visitors to “Fight the Bite” and take precautions to prevent mosquitos and the diseases they carry.

“It’s important to remember that mosquito-borne illnesses are preventable, and we can all take some simple steps to protect ourselves, our families and our community from them,” said Dr. Dawn Allicock, Director and Health Officer of the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County.

“Even the smallest of containers that can collect water can breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes. The community’s participation in the prevention and control of mosquitoes is a key factor in integrated mosquito management,” said Dr. Rui-De Xue, Director of the Anastasia Mosquito Control District.

The Health Department and the Mosquito Control District encourage everyone to take basic precautions to stop mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your home or business, and to protect yourself from mosquito bites and the diseases they carry. Remember to “DRAIN AND COVER”:

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.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pets’ water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent:

  • Clothing: Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
  • Repellent: Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

The Florida Department of Health and the Anastasia Mosquito Control District partner with many agencies to monitor for the presence of mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, dengue and chikungunya.

For more information, please visit Mosquito Borne Diseases or St. Johns County Anastasia Mosquito Control District.