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Miami-Dade County observes "National Mosquito Awareness Week" June 26 to July 1

Public invited to Stephen P. Clark Center Friday, June 30 for a special education and outreach event

MIAMI (June 23, 2017)

The Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division continues to actively promote its “Drain & Cover” public service campaign and actively engage in outreach efforts throughout Miami Dade County to enlighten and inform residents about the importance of mosquito control.

Next week, the County will formally recognize “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” Monday, June 26 through Saturday, July 1 with a series of internal and external educational sessions and events designed to help the public “Fight the Bite.”

“During Mosquito Awareness week, we look forward to continuing to help educate the public about mosquito control, and celebrating the hard work of our division staff as they protect our residents from the nuisance of mosquitoes,” said Deputy Mayor and Department of Solid Waste Management Director Alina T. Hudak. “We invite the public to attend one of our upcoming workshops and join us on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Building in Government Center, 111 NW 1 Street.”

Planned activities for Mosquito Control Awareness Week include:

  • Presentation to campers at Deering Estate nature camp Monday, June 26
  • Presentation to campers at Camp Owaissa Bauer nature camp Tuesday, June 27
  • Mosquito 101 Workshop at the City of Miami Springs City Hall Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.
  • Mosquito 101 Workshop at the Village of Miami Shores Recreation Complex Wednesday, June 28, 7 p.m.
  • Mosquito 101 Workshop at the Town of Miami Lakes Town Hall Thursday, June 29, 6 p.m.
  • “Mosquito Awareness Day” at the Stephen P. Clark Center, Friday, June 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Spray truck display
    • Interactive mosquito control display
    • Live Q & A with Mosquito control personnel
    • Live social media chat with in-house expert and Mosquito Control Surveillance Manager Chalmers Vasquez
    • Informational display

The County’s “Drain & Cover” campaign urges the public to drain standing water from garbage carts and cans, house gutters, pool and boat covers, toys, flower pots and other containers where rain and irrigation water gathers; discard old tires, drums, bottles, caps, appliances and other items that aren’t being used; and empty and clean birdbaths and pets’ water bowls once or twice a week. Also highly recommended: protect boats and vessels with tight-fitting tarps to avoid water accumulation; regular maintenance of swimming pool chemistry; and emptying kiddie pools when not in use.

When outdoors, folks should cover exposed skin with long sleeves, pants, socks and shoes, especially during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active. Repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR-3535 are most effective. Mosquito netting is recommended for children younger than two months. It’s also important to cover doors and windows with screens, screen in porches and patios, and to keep those screens in good repair.

For more information about Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control program and tips for for preventing mosquito breeding and bites, please visit www.miamidade.gov/mosquito or call 3-1-1.