Mosquito Control

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL — Wet con­di­tions are expect­ed to bring an ear­ly mos­qui­to sea­son. To pre­vent mos­qui­to-borne dis­eases, the Flori­da Depart­ment of Health in Alachua Coun­ty rec­om­mends prac­tic­ing “Drain and Cov­er.”


DRAIN stand­ing water to stop mos­qui­toes from mul­ti­ply­ing.

  • DRAIN: water from garbage cans, house gut­ters, pool cov­ers, cool­ers, toys, flower pots or any oth­er con­tain­ers where sprin­kler or rain water has col­lect­ed.
  • DISCARD: old tires, drums, bot­tles, cans, pots and pans, bro­ken appli­ances and oth­er items that aren’t being used.
  • EMPTY and CLEAN: bird­baths and pet’s water bowls at least once a week.
  • PROTECT: boats and vehi­cles from rain with tarps that don’t accu­mu­late water.
  • MAINTAIN: the water bal­ance (pool chem­istry) of swim­ming pools. Emp­ty plas­tic swim­ming pools when not in use.

COVER your skin with cloth­ing and use mos­qui­to repel­lent.

  • If out­side when mos­qui­toes are active, cov­er up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves.
  • Always read label direc­tions care­ful­ly for the approved usage before apply­ing a repel­lent to skin.  Some repel­lents are not suit­able for chil­dren.
  • Prod­ucts with con­cen­tra­tions of up to 30 per­cent DEET are gen­er­al­ly rec­om­mend­ed.  Oth­er EPA-approved repel­lents con­tain picaridin, oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus, or IR3535.  These prod­ucts are gen­er­al­ly avail­able at local phar­ma­cies.  Look for active ingre­di­ents to be list­ed on the prod­uct label.
  • Apply insect repel­lent to exposed skin or onto cloth­ing, but not under cloth­ing.
  • When pro­tect­ing chil­dren, read label instruc­tions to be sure the repel­lent is age-appro­pri­ate.  Accord­ing to the CDC, mos­qui­to repel­lents con­tain­ing oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus should not be used on chil­dren under the age of 3 years.  DEET is not rec­om­mend­ed on chil­dren younger than 2 months old.
  • Infants should be kept indoors or mos­qui­to net­ting should be used over car­ri­ers when mos­qui­toes are present.
  • If addi­tion­al pro­tec­tion is nec­es­sary, apply a per­me­thrin repel­lent direct­ly to your cloth­ing.  Again, always fol­low the manufacturer’s direc­tions.

COVER doors and win­dows with screens to keep mos­qui­toes out.

  • Keep mos­qui­toes out of hous­es. Repair bro­ken screens on win­dows, doors, porch­es, and patios.

For more infor­ma­tion, see the CDC’s guide­lines, or the EPA guide­lines.

Report mos­qui­to prob­lem to the local municipality’s mos­qui­to con­trol or the Flori­da Depart­ment of Health in Alachua Coun­ty at 352–334-7930.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Antho­ny Den­nis at 352–334-7930.

If you have a dis­abil­i­ty and need an accom­mo­da­tion in order to par­tic­i­pate in a Coun­ty pro­gram, ser­vice or pub­lic meet­ing, please con­tact the Alachua Coun­ty Equal Oppor­tu­ni­ty Office at (352)374‑5275 at least 3 busi­ness days pri­or to the event. TTY users, please call 711 (Flori­da Relay Ser­vice).
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