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12:38 PM, Jul 17, 2012   |    comments
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NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- Nassau County will conduct aerial mosquito spraying overnight on Wednesday, July 18 and into the early morning.

Spraying will take place due to an increase in the mosquito population after Tropical Storm Debby. Widespread residual flooding has left an abundant breeding ground.

RELATED: Baker County battling post-Debby mosquito problems

The county will use insecticides are has taken steps to ensure that the ones being used meet all state and federal guidelines, a release from Nassau County Emergency Management said.

Emergency management officials urge people to take their own actions to help reduce or eliminate mosquitoes.

RELATED: Aerial assault on mosquitos is underway in St. Johns County

The Florida Department of Health recommends that you "Drain and Cover."

  • Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from living and multiplying around homes or businesses.
  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean bird baths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and ensure they are appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
  • Cover the skin to protect from mosquito bites and from the diseases mosquitoes carry.
  • Clothing - wear shoes, socks and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in area where mosquitoes are present.
  • Repellent - apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.  Always use repellents according to the label.
  • Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective.
  • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
  • Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
  • Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.

If you have any questions, please call Nassau County Emergency Management at 904-548-4980. To receive information about mosquito control, you can contact the Florida DACS Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control at 850-617-7997 or by visiting their website at http://www.flaes.org/aes-ent/index.html and http://www.flaes.org/pesticide.

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