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Department of Health Flager Reminds Residents to "Drain and Cover"

By Gretchen Smith

June 12, 2018

Bunnell, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Flagler (DOH-Flagler) reminds residents and visitors that it is important to “Drain and Cover” now that the rainy season is here. The Department encourages everyone to take simple precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito-borne illnesses.

“A simple and easy way to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses is to follow the 'Drain and Cover' method,” said Robert E. Snyder, Health Officer for DOH-Flagler. “Drain water from any containers around your home, wear light-colored clothing to cover your skin, use mosquito repellent, and cover doors and windows with screen to keep mosquitoes out of your home.”

Whether you’re staying at home, camping, taking a trip to the beach or traveling abroad, preventing mosquito bites will reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease. Unfortunately for Floridians, mosquito activity can be year-round and mosquitos can be found in many different environments. Here are some suggestions to prevent mosquito bites:

DRAIN: Standing water from garbage cans, gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers that can collect water.

DISCARD: Old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items in your yard that aren't being used and could collect water.

EMPTY and CLEAN: Birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once a week. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

PROTECT: Boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.

MAINTAIN: The water balance (pool chemistry) of swimming pools. Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

COVER: If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves. Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing and always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective. Use netting to protect children younger than 2 months.

For more information and to view weekly reports containing information on mosquito-borne disease surveillance in Florida, visit

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