UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
Zika and Mosquito Control Information

With public concern about Zika, UF/IFAS Extension is giving tips on how to avoid contracting the virus.

Roxanne Connelly, an Extension medical entomology specialist with FMEL, part of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, says:

  • People need to do all they can to manage the mosquitoes most likely to be involved in Zika virus transmission in Florida if the virus shows up in local mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are among those known as “container mosquitoes” specifically, the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus.
  • Initial measures include getting rid of containers in your yard or outside your business, because they collect water and become perfect habitats for immature stages of these mosquito species.
    • These include tires, wheel barrows, potted plants that sit on saucers, cans, bottles and more. You should inspect your yard weekly to make sure you don’t have any containers. Bromeliad plants and bird baths also can house container mosquitoes, Connelly said. For these types of mosquito habitats, they can be flushed with clean water weekly, or can be treated with mosquito-specific Bti granules (Mosquito Dunks or Mosquito Bits).
  • Inspect windows and doors for hole and tears and repair them to exclude mosquitoes.
  • Mosquito repellents should be used when people plan to be outdoors at the time mosquitoes are biting. The longest lasting repellents contain DEET and picaridin. Whatever type of repellant you use, read the label to make sure you’re putting on a product registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

This excerpt is from "UF/IFAS Extension gives tips to try and avoid Zika Virus", UF/IFAS News, February 19, 2016

Publications

UF IFAS Extension

Florida Department of Health

  • Mosquito Bite Protection for Overseas Travelers / Spanish

  • Mosquito Bite Protection in Florida / Spanish

  • Drain and Cover Poster: 

  • Drain and Cover Brochures (Print version)

  • "Spill the Water"
    Led by the Florida Department of Health, Spill the Water! is a fun, educational campaign that teaches kids about mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon or a bottle cap of water, so eliminating sources of standing water around homes is critical to keep mosquitoes from multiplying. When kids Spill the Water!, they can be superheroes in their home and community!

     

    The Spill the Water! campaign is full of great resources tailored to kids, parents and teachers. Below is a snapshot of items you can use to help in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.

    Kids will love this 30 second superhero themed video!

    Feel free to post it on your website, share on social media and play for students in educational settings (great for use with our activity sheets!)

     

    Activity sheets are available for pre-K, elementary, middle and high school levels.

    Educators can use the activity sheets along with the Teacher Tool to incorporate brain teaser activities into their lesson plans. Activities align with Florida Standards.

     

    Posters are available for download from the Spill the Water website.

 

Center For Disease Control