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NOTE: This information was provided by the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County and is also available on the web (see links at end of news release).

SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 31, 2017 — Living in Florida, mosquitoes are part of everyday life. But many children don’t know that mosquitoes not only make them itch, but can carry diseases like Zika and West Nile virus. Not all mosquitoes are the same. Different mosquitoes spread different diseases and are more likely to bite at certain times of the day. Some mosquito species bite during the day and other species of mosquitoes bite most often at dawn and dusk.

To help prevent infection and to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, it is important for children and parents to practice basic mosquito bite prevention: cover skin with long clothing and repellent and spill sources of standing water. Fewer mosquito bites reduces everyone’s risk for illness and a smaller mosquito population means fewer bites. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon or a bottle cap of water.

Children can help in the fight against mosquitoes when they “Spill the Water!” around their home and neighborhood. Read more tips below.

Use EPA-approved insect repellents on children and babies:
 
  • Teach your children to wear insect repellent when they are outdoors, such as waiting at a bus stop in the early morning. Keep Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents ready to use at home and in your car. Always follow the product’s instructions.
  • Don’t use repellent on babies younger than two months.
  • Spray the repellent on your hands and then apply to your child’s face. Avoid their eyes, nose, mouth and hands, and avoid cuts or irritated skin.
  • Dress babies and toddlers in clothing that covers arms and legs, and cover strollers, cribs or baby carriers with mosquito netting.
  • Don’t spray repellent on skin that will be covered by clothing.
  • Repellent is applied after sunscreen.

Keep mosquitos outside:  

  • Make sure all your windows have screens and immediately repair any hole in your screens.
  • Keep doors and windows shut and use air conditioning whenever possible.
  • Remember, if you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves.
Here are links to mosquito safety information from the Florida Department of Health website:
 

floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/spill-the-water/

floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/educational-materials.html

floridahealth.gov/videos/the-spill-the-water-heroes.html

floridahealth.gov/videos/fight-mosquitoes.html     

More information on mosquito safety is available on the Sarasota County Mosquito Management website at scgov.net/government/human-services/mosquito-management-services

 

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