Zap Out Zika: Fight Mosquitos with these Handy Tips
We all know the equation: summer heat + rain + standing water = mosquitos. Not only are mosquitos annoying bloodsuckers, but they also carry infectious diseases like Zika. As the summer rains become more prevalent, so have the cases of Zika in South Florida. Here are some tips to help protect you from exposure to these mosquito-borne diseases:
- Close Up – Keep mosquitos outside by closing doors and covering windows and screens. Keep a bottle of bug spray by your front door to zap any pesky ones that sneak in with you.
- Drain and Cover – Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water, and just a bottle cap of water can hold dozens of ‘skeeters.’ Remember to drain or cover anything around buildings that can hold water, especially after a heavy rain.
- Protect – Remember to apply EPA-approved insect repellant, wear long sleeves and long pants, and be mindful of where you go. Mosquitos bite day and night, so keep these suggestions in mind even during an evening BBQ.
- Be Proactive – If you know you will be spending times outdoors this summer, purchase citronella candles, bug zappers, or other insect deterrent and consider requesting Broward County to spray your outdoor areas. (link to form: http://www.broward.org/Streets/Mosquito/Pages/MosquitoSprayRequest.aspx)
- Stay Indoors – The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that pregnant women in their first and second trimester stay away from active Zika locations, and indoors as much as possible. Those considering pregnancy or actively attempting to conceive should follow similar protocols.
If you believe you may be suffering from a mosquito-borne illness, or if you have traveled to the Wynwood area the number for the Zika Virus Information Hotline is 1-855-622-6735.