Invasion 2018

Invasion 2018

It is not really an invasion. They are always here with us. Following us into our homes, waiting by our favorite lawn chair, or in our favorite plant in the garden. They are here during early spring showers, after late summer storms; at dawn and dusk of every summer day. South Floridians are very familiar with these invaders: mosquitoes.

There are many things to look forward to during the summer season, and the least pleasant of those is the seemingly growing horde of mosquitoes that frequent our backyards. Although they are here all year, during the summer it feels particularly crowded because mosquitoes thrive in hot weather. The hotter is gets, the more mosquitoes populate the Southeastern United States. Around the country people take precautions as outlined by their local governments and the CDC to reduce mosquito bites, and therefore the risk of spreading mosquito-borne disease and illness.

Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties work tirelessly to spread information and provide resources on how to deal with the uptick in mosquitoes. And although new programs across the state take aim at more in-depth/long-term solution, there are things you can do to prevent the bites.

According to Miami-Dade County’s Drain & Cover initiative, the way to prevent spread of the insects is to remove all standing water, or containers that can hold water after it rains (Drain), and protect yourself with long sleeves and pants, by applying repellant, and covering windows and doors with screen (Cover). Additionally, Miami-Dade and Broward suggest making sure that ornamental plants (such as Bromeliads) in your garden that can collect water in their leaves, are properly drained.

Other precautions include keeping doors and windows closed; doing regular sweeps of your house or business for sitting water or potential sitting water receptacles; draining gutters after rainstorms; etc.

Most important of all is the advice to cover up. South Florida summers are especially hot and rainy, making it prime environment for mosquitoes to breed. Wear long sleeves and pants when outside, stay indoors during the dawn and dusk hours of the day, and always wear repellant when working outside for extended periods of time.

Stay sharp, don’t get bitten, South Florida!

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control

Miami-Dade County Mosquito Page

Image: MD County Mosquito