DATE: July 24, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Marhefka, Broward County Mosquito Control Section
So far this summer, Broward County has seen twice the amount of rainfall as normal and experts warn that this will bring an overabundance of mosquitoes to the area. To control the problem, Broward County Mosquito Control Section sprays areas of the County by truck and plane based upon the volume of requests received from residents. To request a neighborhood spray online, visit broward.org and click MOSQUITO SERVICES under Online Services, complete an Online Mosquito Spraying Request Form or call 954-765-4062.
While spraying can help keep these pesky insects away, officials are asking residents to practice the following tips to help reduce the local mosquito population:
• Destroy or dispose of cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that can collect and hold standing water, which promotes breeding
• Repair leaky pipes
• Install screens on rain barrels and opening to water tanks or cisterns
• Empty water from boats
• Scrub and change water in vases holding flowers or cuttings twice each week, or grow cutting in sand
• Clean clogged roof gutters and drain flat roofs
• Scrub and change water in bird baths twice weekly; empty watering area of pets and chicken daily
• Fill holes in trees with sand or mortar, or drain or spray them as required
• Stock fish pools or lily ponds with minnows, which devour mosquito larvae
Also, the best protection from mosquitoes is to avoid mosquito bites by practicing the following simple tasks:
• Keep doors and windows closed.
• Stay indoors at dusk and dawn.
• Dress in long-sleeved and light-colored clothing when in a known mosquito infested area.
• Apply insect repellent containing DEET sparingly to clothing and skin.
"Mosquitoes can quickly become a public health issue if not property managed," said Joseph Marhefka, manager of Broward County Mosquito Control. "By following common sense rules, residents can help us stay ahead of this mosquito challenge."