Pinellas County Mosquito Control reminds all citizens to do their part to reduce the mosquito population. Remember, mosquitoes only need ¼ to ½ inch of standing water for larvae to survive. How to help reduce the places where mosquitoes can breed:
- Empty all outdoor items that can hold water – flower pots, garbage cans, recycling containers, wheelbarrows, aluminum cans, boat tarps, old tires, and buckets;
- Keep pools and spas chlorinated and filtered;
- Clean roof gutters, which can become clogged and hold water;
- Change the water in outdoor pet dishes regularly.
When outdoors, protect your skin from mosquito bites:
- Wear mosquito repellent (products containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus);
- Wear long sleeves and pants.
In this brief video, learn about some simple preventative measures to help reduce the number of mosquitoes in our county and minimize mosquito-borne diseases. To prevent contact with mosquitoes, REMEMBER these 3 D’s: DRAIN standing water; DRESS in light colors and long sleeves; and DEFEND against contact. For more preventive measures and tips, mosquito myths and misconceptions, call (727) 464-7503 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/mosquito.