Blog Id qui et pariatur, in, culpa magna ex ea aute ipsum voluptate tempor proident cupidatat nostrud.
© Hamilton County Florida Emergency Management
Mosquitoes The next time you go outside and find mosquitoes, know this: YOU aren’t alone. No matter where you live in Florida there are going to be mosquitoes. Hamilton County has a mosquito procedure and plan in place for arbovirus diseases but does not have vector control (mosquito spraying) for nuisance mosquitoes. There are various diseases (Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever and Zika) that are transmitted by mosquitoes. Living in Florida, we can never truly be mosquito-free, but we can be mosquito smart. There are simple actions we can take to reduce our risk of infection from one of these mosquito-borne diseases. What you can do: By taking simple preventative measures, citizens can help reduce the number of mosquitoes in our county and minimize mosquito-borne diseases.   STOP RAISING MOSQUITOES Empty water from flower pots, garbage cans, recycling containers, wheelbarrows, aluminum cans, boat tarps, old tires, and buckets - any item that can hold water. Flush birdbaths and wading pools weekly. Flush ornamental bromeliads or treat with BTI, a biological larvicide available at home stores.   Clean roof gutters, which can become clogged and hold water.  Change the water in outdoor pet dishes regularly.  Keep pools and spas chlorinated and filtered. Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito-eating fish. Cover rain barrels with screening. Check for standing water under houses, near plumbing drains, under air conditioner drip areas, around septic tanks and heat pumps.  Take steps to eliminate standing water, improve drainage, and prevent future puddling.  Protect your skin from mosquito bites when outdoors: wear mosquito repellent (products containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus) or long sleeves and pants. The threat of virus, although minimal, is present throughout the year, and precautions should be taken during outdoor activities. PROTECT YOURSELF Remove all potential sources of stagnant water in which mosquitoes might breed. Wipe out all containers that hold water to remove the larvae (mosquito eggs). Stay indoors at dawn, dusk and in the early evening. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors. Spray clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. An effective repellent will contain 35 percent DEET (N, Ndiethyl-meta-toluamide). DEET in high concentrations. Protect Your Pets Remove all potential sources of stagnant water around your home in which mosquitoes might breed. Your pets should be kept inside during peak mosquito feeding times (dawn and dusk). You are encouraged to contact your veterinarian if you are concerned about the health of your pets. Use of mosquito resistant structures such as well-maintained insect screening and fans may reduce potential access of mosquitoes to equine and other livestock hosts. Insect repellents approved for use on horses may be of some value in decreasing exposure, however there are restraints due to limited duration of effectiveness of some formulations under certain conditions (e.g. rain, perspiration). Horse owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarian immediately should they notice any signs or symptoms of Encephalitis infection in their horses, especially those exhibiting neurological signs. Protect Your Pets: Frequently Asked Questions How do dogs or cats become infected with West Nile virus? The same way humans become infected - by the bite of infectious mosquitoes. What can I do to reduce my pets’ risk of becoming infected? By reducing your pets’ exposure to mosquitoes you will reduce its risk of becoming infected