Mosquito Bite Prevention
Fight the Bite
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, as they are most effective.
Other effective mosquito repellents that are EPA-approved 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.It only takes a cap full of water to allow a mosquito to lay eggs.
Always Remember to Drain and Cover
- Check your property and ensure there is no standing water where mosquitoes can breed.
- 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.
- Pay attention to bromeliads. They are beautiful, but provide the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- 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.
- Cover your doors and windows with screens.
- Cover yourself with loose, light-colored clothing, shoes and socks.
- Protect infants with mosquito netting over strollers.