Following recent rainfall and high temperatures, Santa Rosa County officials are advising residents to take precautions against mosquitoes. These blood-sucking, sometimes disease-carrying pests breed well in wet, warm weather.
To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, remember the four “Ds”:
- DUSK to DAWN is the timeframe when mosquitoes are most active. Reduce or eliminate outdoor activity between dusk and dawn or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
- DRAIN standing water. Water found in old tires, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, leaky pipes and faucets, birdbaths and wading pools can be breeding sites for mosquitoes.
- DRESS in light-colored, long sleeves and pants when you are outside, especially in mosquito infested areas.
- DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is the recommended repellant. If you are planning to be outside when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to apply insect repellant that contains DEET. Read and follow label instructions. Spray both exposed skin and clothing with repellent.
County mosquito control will also be treating standing water bodies for larvae.