Within a week of a flood event, mosquito populations can explode. Increased mosquito numbers lead to increased numbers of bites and potential for increases in mosquito-borne diseases. Standing water from heavy rainfall and flooding provides perfect conditions for mosquito breeding. You need to play your part and help reduce the number of potential breeding sites by taking the following actions in and around your house.
Actions to take
- When cleaning up your house and yard following a flood, get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites
to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases.
- Remove stagnant pools of water around your house and yard. This may involve clearing debris from
ditches, cutting small channels to help pooling water drain, or filling in holes and vehicle wheel ruts.
- Remove flood-water deposited debris on and around your property. While a lot of this debris may be partially buried, it often contains enough water to breed large numbers of mosquitoes. In addition to pooled water, rain or floodwater may have collected in containers around your yard, so make sure you tip them out and store them in a dry place, or throw them away.
Common mosquito breeding sites include potted plant bases (inside and outside), tires, tarps, buckets, tin cans, plastic containers, roof gutters (if blocked by leaf debris),and boats.
Avoid being bitten
Because the removal of or treatment of standing water will be nearly impossible in many areas, avoiding mosquitoes is difficult, but a priority.
- repair defective insect screens.
- wear insect repellent (a low concentration of DEET) whenever mosquitoes are present
- wear long, loose, light-colored clothing
- use flying insect spray or mosquito repellant coils according to the label
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