104 - Hurricane Irma News Release - Preventing Mosquito-Borne Illness After Flooding
Preventing Mosquito-Borne Illness After Flooding
If your home or yard flooded during Hurricane Irma, standing water could provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes and the illnesses they carry.
To avoid mosquito-borne illness after a flood, Collier County is recommending that you drain standing water, use repellent and secure your home to prevent the insects from entering.
Removing Standing Water
Drain water from garbage cans, gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys and flower pots.
Discard unused or broken items that might be collecting water.
Empty and clean birdbaths and water bowls for your pets at least once a week, but more often if possible.
Make sure tarps protecting boats do not collect water.
Keep your swimming pool in good condition by properly chlorinating.
Wear shoes, socks, pants and long sleeves, especially if your work requires you to be outdoors.
Apply mosquito repellent to your bare skin or on top of your clothing.
Always use repellents according to their labels.
Use mosquito netting to protect children under the age of 2 months.
Securing Your Home
Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches and patios.
The Collier County Information Hotline remains active. Residents with questions may call the Hotline at (239) 252-8444 (within Collier County residents may dial 311). Please note, the call volume is very heavy and information can also be found at colliergov.net or social media channels, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/CollierGov) and Twitter (@CollierPIO).