FDOH-Alachua Emphasizes the Importance of Mosquito Protection

​This press release sent out at the request of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County.

FDOH-Alachua buildingDue to standing water increasing mosquito populations in Alachua County, the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (FDOH-Alachua) is reminding citizens and visitors about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquito bites.

To prevent mosquito-borne diseases, they recommend citizens:

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots, or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
  • Maintain the water balance (pool chemistry) of swimming pools. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use. Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
  • Those who must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves.
  • Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective. Use netting to protect children younger than two months.


FDOH-Alachua and local mosquito control continue surveillance and prevention efforts throughout the County.

Citizens should report mosquito problems to their municipality's mosquito control or the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County at 352-334-7930.

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