Stop Mosquitoes From Living and Multiplying Around Your Home
Hillsborough County, Fla. (June 7, 2016) - Following large rainstorms and weather events, such as Tropical Storm Colin, residents may have standing water around their homes that can support the breeding of mosquitoes. Many bothersome mosquitoes typically only travel a few hundred feet from their breeding site. Follow these tips from the Florida Department of Health to help prevent mosquito breeding:
- Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, buckets, watering cans, kiddie pools, and any other containers where rainwater has collected.
- Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that may collect water.
- Clean out rain gutters and downspouts regularly.
- Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
- Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.
- Keep swimming pools in good condition, and maintain chlorination.
The Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control Unit continues to maintain proactive and aggressive surveillance and prevention measures. In response to the most recent confirmed travel related Zika case, two spray missions were conducted last week and the unit will conduct another spray mission this evening, weather permitting. Additionally, the unit currently has more than 85 trap sites deployed and under surveillance at strategic locations throughout the County.
During its routine operations, the Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control Unit follows the practices of Integrated Pest Management, which uses scientifically-based preventative methods in addition to spraying with insecticides. These methods include biological controls, mosquito trapping for inspection purposes, sentinel chickens to monitor for diseases, aquatic weed control, and other methods to reduce places where mosquitoes breed, identify and destroy mosquito larva, educate the public, and barrier spray around smaller areas.
See more information on the Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control Unit and tips on preventing or reducing mosquitoes. You can also report a mosquito-related issue by calling (813) 635-5400.