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Mosquitos and their risk of related illnesses on the rise

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Florida Department of Health officials recently confirmed two cases of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a horse and donkey. And although no humans cases have been reported, this mosquito-borne illness is one of the many diseases that plague the state this time of year.


From West Nile, Zika to Dengue, managing these illnesses starts with prevention. Residents can help control mosquito populations and prevent bites in several ways, including:

Drain standing water: At least once a week, property owners should drain or turn over items that can hold water. These can include, buckets, covers, trash cans/recycling bins, yard toys, and pet bowls. Be sure to check for areas that may pool water too.

Clear debris: Additionally, clean out gutters, lawn debris, and downspout extenders. These areas retain water and provide dark moist habitats for mosquitos to live and breed.

Apply repellants: Regularly apply repellent that contains 15 to 30 percent DEET. According to Consumer Reports, those products were found to provide long-lasting protection. Never apply repellants under clothing or on cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.

Repair screens: To prevent mosquitoes from entering your home, repair or replace torn window and door screens.

Use fans: When spending time outdoors, use fans to keep mosquitoes at bay. These pests are weak flyers so keeping a fan on high can help keep them away.

Some county mosquito control departments offer programs that provide Gambusia fish to its residents. This species of fish eat mosquito larvae and provide an additional way to reduce mosquito populations. Contact your local county mosquito control division to see if Gambusia are already present in your area.

Every year, all Centra Care locations treat hundreds of bug bites and related infections. So no matter what you’re celebrating or enjoying this summer, there’s a location near you, open 7 days a week.