While the oppressive heat in Miami takes a break in the winter, mosquito breeding unfortunately does not.
Here are some tips to "Fight the Bite" this winter:
- Use mosquito repellant. Choose a repellant registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), like oil of lemon eucalyptus, which is natural and effective and has a pleasant smell.
- Eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes are a year-round pest so you need to drain & cover all year long. Scout your property for accumulated water in rain gutters, pots, old tires, etc.
- Beware of the bromeliad. These decorative plants are the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Flush the center of the plant with water or spray the same area with a little oil to prevent hatching. Using larvicide granules containing the naturally-occurring EPA-approved substance called Bacillus thuringiensis israelenis (Bti) also helps to prevent breeding.
- Protect bird baths and fish ponds. Use larvicide briquettes containing Bti in bird baths and fish ponds.
- Cover boats properly. Cover vessels with tarps that do not accumulate water.
- Secure the home. Check screens for gaps and holes to prevent mosquitoes from making themselves 'at home.'
Follow the above steps to enjoy a pest-free winter.
To request a mosquito inspection of your property, call 311, go online to 311direct or use the new Miami-Dade County Solid Waste Management Mobile app.read the release