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Avoid mosquitoes during Florida's rainy season
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Avoid mosquitoes during Florida's rainy season

Pinellas County, Florida -- Floridians know that summer rains bring lots of opportunities for mosquitoes to thrive, but those pesky biting, buzzing "skeeters" are more than just a hot-weather nuisance.

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County reminds all residents and visitors to protect themselves from mosquitoes because of the threat of serious mosquito-borne illnesses they can transmit. Preventing bites can protect your health.

How can you protect your family? Start with this simple mosquito protection:

  • Dusk and Dawn - Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are seeking blood. For many species, this is during the dusk and dawn hours.

  • Dress - Wear clothing that covers most of your skin.

  • DEET - Use mosquito repellents that list DEET on the ingredients. Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are other repellent options. Remember to check the label on any repellent to see if it's safe for children.

  • Drainage - Check around your home to rid the area of standing water, which is where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Look in discarded containers, lawn furniture, inside bromeliads in the garden and anywhere around your home. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in water as shallow as a quarter-inch deep.

 

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