Mosquito-borne Diseases in Florida
To prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the Florida Department of Health recommends practicing.
Stop mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your
home or business. Protect yourself from mosquito's bites and the diseases
Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
DISCARD: Old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans,
broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
EMPTY and CLEAN: Birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least
once or twice a week.
PROTECT: Boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
MAINTAIN: The water balance
(pool chemistry) of swimming pools. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in
Cover your skin
with clothing and use mosquito repellent.
CLOTHING: If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover
up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves
Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and
clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET,
picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito
netting to protect children younger than 2 months.
Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes
Keep mosquitoes out of your house.
Repair broken screens on windows, doors,
porches, and patios.
More information is available on our
Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases in
Florida, 2013 Guidebook (2.5 MB) NEW!
Mosquito-borne Illness Response Plan (33 KB PDF)
Report a Dead Bird
Information about Key West Dengue
Links to Florida Arbovirus Partners and other
Mosquito-borne disease information
EPA Selecting a Repellent
Mosquito and Repellent Information
Information on Chagas Disease
Traveler's Health (CDC)