Polk Health Officials issue advice warning on mosquitoes | Environment
Bartow, FL -- Today the Polk County Health Department reminded residents and visitors to take simple steps to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses.
The mosquito population grows in the summer, they say, which is the time of year many residents and visitors head outdoors.
Current reports show average mosquito activity for this time of year, however, recent heavy rainfalls in our area, they say, may cause an increase in mosquito activity.
Mosquitoes are usually most active during dusk and dawn.
If you have to be outdoors, they recommend taking steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:
- Cover up. Wear clothing that covers most of the skin.
- Use repellents with up to 30 percent DEET. Picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, and IR3535 are also effective.
Some repellents, they warn, are not suitable for children, so always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent.
To prevent mosquito breeding, drain standing water from areas around your home, and repair torn screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.
Other Tips include:
- 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. P
- ump 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