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Got mosquitoes? Tips & help to keep ’em away

If you have mosquitoes in your yard, here’s a reminder to take precautions to prevent these insects from multiplying, biting and spreading disease (especially in the aftermath of a hurricane, when affected areas can become breeding grounds because of floodwaters, downed trees and overgrown grass).

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Here are handy tips from RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) and AMCA (American Mosquito Control Association):

  • Drain all standing water and prevent water accumulation when possible. Check all areas that might hold water, such as tire swings, buckets, bottles, birdbaths, pet bowls, flowerpot saucers, pool toys – even bottle caps! Cover trash containers and store boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater weekly from boats.
  • Fill in or drain low places in your yard (including puddles, ruts, hollow stumps) and keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed to eliminate harborage for mosquitoes and other potentially harmful pests.
  • Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris.
  • Avoid activities during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Avoid damp grass, which attracts mosquitoes, when taking part in outdoor activities.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants.
  • Defend yourself against mosquitoes with an EPA-approved repellent. Read more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Ensure all doors and windows are intact to prevent mosquitoes from coming in and out of your home.

Read more about mosquito prevention on DebugtheMyths, an educational website provided by RISE. More information about preventing mosquito bites is available from the CDC: Stay Safe After a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm and West Nile virus: Prevention.

RISE is a national trade association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors and others in the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry. Visit the RISE website at or follow RISE on Twitter at @PestFacts or on LinkedIn at

AMCA represents more than 1,600 individuals and public agencies involved with mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities globally. Visit AMCA online at or follow on Twitter at @AMCAtweets.

Got mosquitoes? Here’s how to get help

Did you know you can request help if you’re experiencing significant mosquito problems? Miami-Dade County’s 311Direct service allows you to submit a service request for an inspection. This applies to residential and commercial properties. Click here for more details. 



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