Mosquitoes can make you very sick

A press release from the Orange County Department of Health

Tips for minimizing exposure to mosquitoes:
  • Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.

  • Wear shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when you are outdoors, or when mosquitoes are most active.

  • Consider using mosquito repellent when outdoors. Make sure to follow the directions on the label.
Mosquitoes can breed in any stagnant water that lasts more than four days. To reduce or eliminate standing water that attracts mosquitoes around your home and property, Orange County Executive Edward Diana encouraged residents to take the following precautions:
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.

  • Drill drain holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.

  • Remove all discarded tires from your property.

  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are beautiful, but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.

For more information on mosquito prevention or protection, visit the Orange County Department of Health.