Summer is in full swing, which means mosquitoes are out in greater numbers due to increased rainfall and higher temperatures. “We maintain that the best way to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites is to eliminate all standing water found on your property, particularly after any rainfall,” says Dr. William Petrie, director of the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division.
You can take some simple steps to minimize your exposure to summer's most annoying pests.
Eliminate standing water so mosquitos have no where to lay their eggs:
- Remove empty pots and planters from your yard
- Keeping rain gutters free of debris or water can accumulate
- Use Mosquito Dunks containing BTI in bird baths, fountains and fish ponds
- Use BTI granules in bromeliad plants
Protect yourself from being bitten:
- Avoid being outside during peak biting hours (around dusk and dawn)
- Cover your skin with protective clothes
- Apply a mosquito repellent - the most effective ones contain oil of lemon eucalyptus, Picaridin, DEET or IR-3535