In a follow up to our last post, the CDC has release a list of best practices for minimizing exposure to pesky mosquitoes when at home in Southwest Florida. Whether you live in Naples, Marco Island, Sanibel, Bonita Springs, or Fort Myers, mosquitoes are here to stay. Use the following notes as a preventative measure to safeguard yourself and your family.

Here’s what you can do to control mosquitoes outside your home

  • Install or repair and use window and door screens. Do not leave doors propped open.

  • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.

    • Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
    • For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
    • Use larvicides to treat large containers of water that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out.
  • Use an outdoor flying insect spray where mosquitoes rest. Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture, or under the carport or garage. When using insecticides, always follow label instructions.

  • If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

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