Polk County, Florida-- Summer time is a prime time for mosquitoes. It's the time of year when residents and tourists are enjoying Florida's outdoor attractions, and the Florida Department of Health in Polk County is urging residents to take precautions to protect against mosquito-borne illness.
Mosquitoes are usually most active during dusk and dawn. Frequent rainfalls in the area, can also increase mosquito activity. If you happen to be outdoors, the Department of Health hopes you'll take these steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:
- Wear clothing that covers most of your skin.
- Use repellents with up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) are recommended. Picardin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, and IR3535 are also effective. Some repellents are not suitable for children. Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent.
- Drain standing water from areas around your home.
- Repair torn screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering home.
They also provided tips on eliminating mosquito breeding sites:
- Clean out eaves, troughs, and gutters.
- Remove old tires, or drill drain holes in those used in playgrounds.
- Turn over or remove empty plastic pots.
- Pick up all beverage containers and cups.
- Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water.
- Pump out bilges on boats.
- Change water in birdbaths, animal feeding dishes, and plant trays at least once a week.
- Remove vegetation or obstructions that prevent the flow of water in drainage ditches.
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Written by 10 News intern, Stefante Randall