Mosquito Bite Prevention

Don’t Let Them Take a Bite Out of You

Tips for Mosquito Season
The City of Miami Beach encourages everyone to take the basic steps to limit exposure to mosquitoes during the summer by following these recommendations:

Practice the “Five Ds”

  • Dusk and Dawn – avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are very active
  • Dress – wear light clothing that covers most of your skin
  • DEET – repellents containing up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) are recommended. Other effective mosquito repellents include picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR 3535. Always read label directions for approved usage before your apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
  • Drainage – check around your home to remove standing water, where mosquitoes may lay eggs.

Prevent Breeding of the Dirty Little Suckers

  • Replace water in birdbaths and pet or other animal feeding dishes frequently
  • Change water in plant trays, including hanging plants frequently
  • Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches that prevent the flow of water
  • Turn over or remove empty plastic pots
  • Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters
  • Remove old tires or drill holes to drain those used in playgrounds
  • Pick up all beverage containers and cups
  • Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water
  • Pump out bilges on boats

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