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Drain and Cover

To prevent the bite and spread of disease by mosquitoes, remember to Drain and Cover.

  • What you can do

    • 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.
  • Tips and resources

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Mosquito Control
Dr. William Petrie, Division Director

Mosquito Control
8901 NW 58 Street, Miami, FL 33178
305-592-1186 | dswm@miamidade.gov