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This press release put out at the request of the Alachua County Health Department.
ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – The Alachua County Health Department is emphasizing the importance of preventing infection from mosquito-borne diseases, as wet conditions are likely to bring an early mosquito season. To prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the Florida Department of Health recommends practicing “DRAIN and COVER” and “Rid the wrigglers: lose the larvae.”
DRAIN and COVER
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
COVER your skin with clothing.
COVER your skin with repellent.
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.
Rid the wrigglers: lose the larvae.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs where there is moisture. It takes only a few days for an egg to grow into an adult mosquito, which can live for several weeks. During that time, an adult female mosquito can lay many eggs. In order to produce eggs, the adult female seeks a host (such as a bird, a horse, or a human) to provide a blood meal. Some species of adult mosquitoes can fly two miles from their breeding sites (even further if blown by the wind). Elimination of mosquito breeding sites is one of the keys to prevention.
For more information, see the CDC's guidelines or the EPA guidelines.
Report mosquito problems to local municipalities’ mosquito control office, or the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7930.
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