With the onset of rainy season, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County encourages the public to drain standing water in and around properties and to cover containers that collect rainwater to control mosquito populations and protect public health. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water as a breeding ground in which to lay their eggs. Rainwater collects in planters, watering cans, pet dishes and any other containers or crevices.
In addition to draining water and covering containers, the public is encouraged to avoid contact with mosquitoes with the help of repellents containing DEET and long-sleeved shirts and pants.
For information on chikungunya or other mosquito-borne illnesses, visit floridahealth.gov or call 305-809-5653.