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Miami-Dade County to Host "Mosquito 101" Workshops in May and June

County-wide outreach initiative by the Department of Solid Waste Management to arm residents with mosquito control tactics for the home

MIAMI (May 03, 2017)

The Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division has maintained a comprehensive year-round program of mosquito monitoring and inspections, adulticide and larvicide treatments, and public outreach efforts. The “Drain and Cover: Fight The Bite” campaign has blanketed Miami-Dade with preventive tips in English, Spanish, and Creole, utilizing print, TV, outdoor, web and radio media to educate residents. Now, a series of workshops will help further drive the message home, just in time for the rainy season, which is typically peak time for mosquitos.

“I have pledged to make all resources available to help keep us safe from the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, and this series is but another example of our commitment to mosquito control outreach and education,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “We strongly encourage everyone to attend and get informed ahead of the coming summer months, which is typically the most active time for mosquitos.”

The first of 16 planned workshops takes place on Saturday, May 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Homestead Branch Library (700 N Homestead Blvd). Department representatives will share the history of mosquito control in Miami-Dade County; discuss the main mosquito species found in the area, offer a look at county mosquito control initiatives; and most importantly, talk about how residents can limit the ways in which mosquitoes breed and thrive. Staffers will also talk at length about protective measures, take questions and distribute take-home literature.

The series concludes at the end of June. Here are all of the other planned workshop locations, dates and times:

North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183 Street – May 10, 6-7 p.m.
West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way – May 13, 2-3 p.m.
Miami-Dade Public Library - Main Branch, 101 W Flagler Street – May 16, 10-11 a.m.
Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia Street – May 16, 6-7 p.m.
South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 Street – May 22, 6-7 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111 Street – May 24, 6-7 p.m.
West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd – May 30, 6-7 p.m.
Aventura Branch Library, 2930 Aventura Blvd – May 31, 6-7 p.m.
Miami Lakes Branch Library, 6699 Windmill Gate Road – June 3, 2-3 p.m.
Miami Beach Public Library, 227 22 Street – June 7, 6-7 p.m.
Arcola Lakes Branch Library, 8240 NW 7 Ave – June 14, 6-7 p.m.
Cutler Bay Town Hall Council Chambers, 10720 Caribbean Boulevard – June 15, 6-7 p.m.
Doral City Council Chambers, 8401 N.W. 53rd Terrace, 3rd Floor – June 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Model City Branch Library, 2211 NW 54 Street – June 23, 12-1 p.m.
Coral Reef Branch Library, 9211 Coral Reef Drive – June 24, 2-3 p.m.
Miami Springs City Council Chambers, 201 Westward Dr – June 27, 6-7 p.m.

Each event is free and open to residents of all ages. To RSVP, email DSWM@miamidade.gov. See the workshop flyer for more information about the workshops.  For more information about Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control program, and to access tips for combating mosquitos, please visit www.miamidade.gov/mosquito or call 311.