DOH-Okeechobee URGES RESIDENTS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM MOSQUITO- AND TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES

Contact:
Amy Cormier, Public Information Officer

Amy.Cormier@flhealth.gov

(863) 462-5800

Okeechobee, Fla.The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County is urging all residents and visitors, especially those that are spending time outdoors, to protect themselves from mosquito and tick bites this summer season. While most tick and mosquito bites are only an annoyance, sometimes these bites can be dangerous. Preventing bites reduces the risk of a person getting infected with a mosquito- or tick-borne disease.  

Mosquito Bite Prevention

Using the right insect repellent and other preventive actions can discourage mosquitoes from landing on you. Follow these Drain and Cover tips to help prevent mosquito bites.

Drain water from outside areasto reduce the number of places mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed.

Download these infographics for more information: Mosquitoes- Keep Them Outside 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 going indoors.

  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves while outside when and where mosquitoes are most prevalent to discourage mosquitoes from biting.
  • Apply insect repellent that contains DEET (10-30%), picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone or IR3535.
  • Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5%. Do not apply permethrin directly to skin. Some sports clothing and gear come pretreated with permethrin.
  • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
  • Check and repair screens on doors and windows. Keep them closed and use air conditioning when possible.
  • Make sure window screens are in good repair to reduce the chance of mosquitoes indoors.

Download the Mosquito Bite Protection in Florida infographic.

Tick Bite Prevention

Ticks are commonly found on the tips of grasses and shrubs and climb aboard humans as they walk by. Follow these steps to help prevent tick bites.

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

Tips on Using Repellant

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on the safe use of repellant.

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