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The Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is closely monitoring Erika. For any updates about County facilities and services, please visit: http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency
Miami-Dade County is currently working to combat the Zika virus. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a public health emergency in February 2016, and the County is working with the Florida Department of Health to address the issue.
- Report a mosquito nuisance online (select Property, then Mosquitoes) or call 311.
Miami-Dade County is using aerial spraying to actively control the mosquito population in Wynwood. This is the area of confirmed locally transmitted Zika cases. Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has issued a statement on aerial spraying for mosquito control.
*Click on the location icons to view a map of the Mosquito Aerial Spraying Zone.
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Drain and Cover at home
To prevent the bite and spread of disease by mosquitoes, remember to Drain and Cover.
Drain any standing irrigation or rain water that can collect in garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or other containers.
Discard old items that aren’t being used and are storing water.
Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls once or twice weekly.
Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
Maintain the water balance (pool chemistry) of swimming pools, and empty plastic swimming pools not in use.
Check around faucets and air conditioner units, and repair leaks or puddles that remain for several days.
Remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar. Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days. Cut down weeds adjacent to home and in yards, and mow the lawn regularly.
Wear socks, shoes, long pants and long sleeves when mosquitoes are active.
Cover doors, windows, porches and patios with screens. Clear gutters.
Use repellent on bare skin. DEET is the most effective mosquito repellent. The 20-30% concentration works well for most people. Use according to label directions, and do not apply to infants.
Report a mosquito nuisance online (select Property, then Mosquitoes) or call 311.Back to Top
Bromeliads and mosquitoes
Bromeliads are popular ornamental plants that are attractive and easy to maintain. But certain types, such as tank bromeliads, can hold water between their leaves – making it a great place for mosquitoes to breed.
The eggs hatch when water is present and after a few days, become adult mosquitoes that can bite people and spread diseases such as yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika.
To keep your plants from breeding these mosquitoes:
- Flush the water—and the mosquito larvae and eggs—out of your bromeliads. A good strong hosing will flush the water with larvae out of your bromeliads. Do this at least once a week to disrupt the mosquitoes’ life cycle.
- Coat the water in the bromeliads with a small amount of food-grade oil. Either quickly spray the surface of any water in the plant with non-stick cooking spray, or place a few drops of cooking oil in the water. The oil will cover the surface of the water and keep any mosquito larvae present from breathing.
- Treat the water in your bromeliads with a safe larvicide. Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or BTI, and methoprene, are commercially available larvicides that are safe for plants and around people and pets when used as directed. Find them in pellet or granule form at hardware stores, as well as online. Apply about every two weeks or so for maximum effectiveness.
Site inspections on residential properties are often made to find the source of mosquito annoyance.Back to Top
Miami-Dade County has a sub-tropical environment and is home to 48 species of mosquitoes. However, a few create sufficient annoyance and some can also transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya, zika and dog heartworm.
Since its creation in 1935, the goal of Miami-Dade County's Mosquito Control Division is to control the mosquito population using the most effective methods, techniques, equipment and insecticides, thus enhancing the quality of life for all residents and reducing the possibility of mosquito-transmitted disease.
- Drain and Cover
- Eliminate and manage standing water
- More tips to control mosquitoes
- Mosquito bite protection
- Bromeliads and mosquitoes
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel information
- Mosquito bite protection for overseas travelers
- WPBT Channel 2's Issues episode from July 1, 2016
Children, parents, teachers and volunteers can learn about protecting themselves from mosquitoes through educational activities.
- Spill the Water offers a variety resources
- Kids can be superheroes
- Activity sheets for students
- A teacher tool that meets Florida Standards benchmarks
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