Miami-Dade County reminds residents to ''Drain and Cover'' as summer rains become more frequent
Morning rain showers and afternoon thunderstorms have arrived in South Florida. With those rains come the potential for standing water and mosquito breeding in yards all over Miami-Dade. That’s why Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control Section is reminding residents to “Drain and Cover.”
“We want Miami-Dade County residents to inspect their properties at least weekly to drain any standing water that has accumulated and to make sure that they apply repellent and wear clothing that covers the skin to prevent mosquito bites” said Deputy Mayor and Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) Director Alina T. Hudak. “We need everyone in our community to “Drain and Cover” so that we can prevent mosquito breeding and protect residents from the bites and diseases they may carry,” Hudak added.
Since late January, DSWM has partnered with the Miami-Dade County Office of the Florida Department of Health to mount an aggressive public education and outreach campaign that encourages residents to “Drain and Cover.” A robust advertising program which includes radio, cable television, newspaper, search engine marketing, online promotion, cinema spots, Transit and outdoor signage, direct mail and print materials is being employed to increase public awareness essential to prevent residential mosquito breeding. Following are simple “Drain and Cover” tips for residents to follow:
- A quick inspection of your property each week will help to prevent mosquito breeding activities. Drain water from garbage carts/cans, recycling containers, house gutters, pool covers, boat tarps, barbecue grills/covers, flower pots and any containers which can hold water.
- Flush bromeliads with water each week or treat them with Bti granules available at hardware stores or gardening retailers.
- Be sure to remove any bottles, cans, broken appliances, tires or other unused items that can hold even the smallest amount of water.
- Empty bird baths and pet water bowls once or twice each week and maintain fountains.
- Be sure to maintain your pool’s water balance (pool chemistry). Kiddie pools and pool toys should also be inspected and drained of any standing water.
- If you’re outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, cover up by wearing shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves.
- Apply insect repellent to bare skin and clothing. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective.
- Protect infants younger than 2 months by using mosquito netting on carriers and strollers.
- Inspect screens on windows, doors, porches or patios for breaks or tears and make necessary repairs to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
If residents follow these simple “Drain and Cover” tips, it will assist Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control in its ongoing efforts to control the mosquito population and reduce mosquito breeding and mosquito-borne illnesses in our community. For more information on mosquito control, residents can visit www.miamidade.gov/mosquitoes or call 311.