West Nile

Recent rain means higher mosquito risk

Recent rain means higher mosquito risk

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 […]

West Nile found at Hurlburt Field

West Nile found at Hurlburt Field

Hurlburt Field confirmed Thursday, Aug. 25, that mosquitoes trapped at their Soundside locations tested positive for the presence of West Nile Virus in one of the samples. This comes on the heals of a confirmed human case of West Nile in Santa Rosa County Aug. 19. The mosquito-borne disease has symptoms of fever, head and […]

Human West Nile Case in Santa Rosa

Human West Nile Case in Santa Rosa

The Florida Department of Health confirmed a case of human West Nile in Santa Rosa County Friday, Aug. 19. There is risk of spread of the mosquito-born virus in the county according to a department press release, and residents are advised to drain all standing water and cover skin with clothing and mosquito repellent containing […]

‘Flood’ mosquitoes have quite the bite

‘Flood’ mosquitoes have quite the bite

For weeks and weeks my husband had been complaining about his stabbing, stinging, itching mosquito bites and resultant welts. He said what made this year different was the mosquitoes were more ferocious, seemed to be much larger and were dive bombing him. At first I thought it was a just an aberration or a purposeful […]