DOH-Leon Encourages Residents To Protect Against Mosquitoes
October 05, 2018
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Tallahassee — The Florida Department of Health in Leon County reminds residents and visitors to protect themselves against mosquitoes and the diseases that they can carry.
DOH-Leon confirms that there have been no reports of mosquito-borne disease activity in humans in the county thus far in 2018.
However, due to the continued warm weather, DOH-Leon and Leon County Mosquito Control encourage citizens to “Drain and Cover” to protect themselves from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses.
DRAIN standing water weekly 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 pet's 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.
- Doors and Windows – Ensure screens are in place to keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.
TIPS ON MOSQUITO REPELLENT
- Always read label carefully for approved usage before you apply a repellent.
- Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. EPA-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol or IR3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients listed on the product label.
- Some repellents are not suitable for children. In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of three years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than two 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.
- Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing.
- If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
- For more information on what repellent is right for you, see: www.epa.gov/insect-repellents.
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