Florida’s SLC Department of Health urges residents to beware of mosquito and teak bites

St. Lucy County – Monday, June 6, 2022: The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucy County is urging residents and visitors to protect themselves from mosquito and tic diseases this summer, especially those who spend time outdoors.

“As summer heat, rain and humidity begin and hurricane season begins, mosquito and tick populations may become more common. It is especially important to take precautions. Outdoor weather increases your exposure to these pests that spread disease. According to the CDC, mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world and kill more people than any other creature in the world. Once again, it is imperative that you take precautionary measures and prepare now for yourself and your family when you are outdoors. ” said Clint Sperber, a health official and administrator of the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucy County.

Prevent mosquito bites: Drain water from outside areas to reduce the number of places where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed. Using an appropriate insect repellent and other preventative measures can discourage mosquitoes from landing on you.

Follow these draining and covering tips to prevent mosquito bites

• Drain water from garbage cans, gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where a sprayer or rainwater has accumulated.
• Dispose of old tires, bottles, pots, broken appliances and other unused items.
• Empty and clean bird baths and pet water bowls at least twice a week.
• Rinse water-retaining plants, such as bromeliads, regularly with water.
• Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarpaulins that do not accumulate water.
• Keep pools in good condition and chlorinated. Empty plastic pools when not in use.

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Download this infographic for more information: Mosquitoes – Keep them out and stop them from breeding and protect your home from mosquitoes.

Cover with protective clothing while outdoors and keep doors and windows closed to prevent mosquitoes from entering indoors.

• Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves while you are outside, when and where mosquitoes are most common, to discourage mosquitoes from biting.
• Apply insect repellent that contains DEET (10-30%), picaridine, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone or IR3535.
• Treat clothes and equipment with products containing 0.5%. Do not apply permethrin directly to the skin. Some sportswear and equipment are pre-treated with permethrin.
• Use a mosquito net to protect children under 2 months of age.
• Check and repair door and window screens. Keep them closed and use air conditioning whenever possible.
• Make sure window screens are in good condition to reduce the likelihood of indoor mosquitoes.

Download the Florida Mosquito Bite Protection Infographic.

Prevent tick bites: Ticks are usually found on the tops of grasses and bushes and climb on board people as they pass. Follow these steps to prevent tick bites.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots or sturdy shoes and a head covering. Ticks will be more visible if the clothes are light.
• Apply insect repellent that contains DEET (10-30%), picaridine, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone or IR3535.
• Treat clothes and equipment with products containing 0.5%. Do not apply permethrin directly to the skin. Some sportswear and equipment are pre-treated with permethrin.
• Walk in the center of the paths so that grass, bushes and weeds do not touch you.
• Check and remove ticks from your clothes, body, hair and pets when you are outside.
• Washing clothes in hot water or drying clothes in an oven for at least 10 minutes at high temperatures will kill ticks.
• Take a shower soon after you are in the tick habitat.
• If a tick is found on the skin, it is important to safely remove the tick as soon as possible.
• Talk to your veterinarian about tick prevention products for your pets.
• Trim grass, shrubs and trees near your home.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on preventing tick bites.

Tips for using repellent

• For both mosquitoes and ticks, use an insect repellent approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on exposed skin and clothing. The useful EPA search tool can help you find the product that best suits your needs.
• Follow the instructions on the product label, especially if used in children.
• Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or clothing, but not under clothing.
• Always follow the instructions when applying insect repellents to children and do not use DEET repellents in babies under 2 months or lemon eucalyptus oil in children under 3 years.
• Avoid applying repellents to children’s hands. Adults should first apply the repellent to their hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothes.

Visit Website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on the safe use of the repellent.

To learn more about DOH-St. Lucie programs, visit http://stlucie.floridahealth.gov/index.html.

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