TAVARES – June 22 - June 28 is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week according to The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), and the Lake County Mosquito and Aquatic Plant Management Program is urging residents to protect themselves this summer.
Lake County’s mosquito abatement program, founded in 1945, manages mosquitoes and other biting arthropods of public health importance in order to reduce the risk of arboviral disease transmission and to ensure a reasonable quality of life for all residents and visitors of Lake County.
In Florida, mosquito-borne illnesses include West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Dengue, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, Malaria and Heartworm in dogs. Therefore, it is important for families to take measures to protect themselves from the insects.
The 3 D’s of mosquito protection are “Drain, Dress and Defend.” The AMCA offers these tips for reducing the mosquito population and protecting residents from mosquito-borne illness:
• Because mosquitoes require water in which to breed, homeowners should drain any standing water around their houses.
• Choose a mosquito repellent that has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency. DEET-based repellents have been approved for use on children aged two months and older.
• Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Studies have shown that some of the 174 mosquito species in the United States are more attracted to dark clothing and most can bite through tight-fitting clothing. When practical, wear long sleeves and pants.
The county’s field operations personnel and entomologists search for possible mosquito breeding sites in assigned areas of the county and apply chemical and/or biological control methods to larvae sites to assist in managing mosquito populations. Crews typically operate spray trucks Monday through Friday from dusk to midnight between April and December, during the height of mosquito breeding season.
Public awareness and education on eliminating mosquito-breeding sources is a primary goal of the program.
For more information about the Lake County Mosquito and Aquatic Plant Management Program, contact Eric Cotsenmoyer at 352-343-9419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.