For Immediate Release
June 12, 2017; 1:10pm
DPHSS Release No. 2017-056
Elimination of Mosquito Breeding Sites and Bite Prevention Tips
The Director of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) would like to encourage the public to take the time to eliminate all sources of mosquito-breeding containers in and around their residences.
Because all mosquitoes require a source of water to breed, it is important to recognize and eliminate such sources as follows:
- Cleaning up all debris, especially those that can hold water.
- Disposing of any loose tires. Tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes.
- Cleaning pet water dishes regularly, including livestock water troughs.
- Cleaning, emptying, properly screening or covering of containers used to store water.
- Clearing roof gutters of debris.
- Properly disposing of all bottles, cans, buckets and other containers that can collect water.
- Plugging tree holes with sand or other substances.
- Repairing leaky outdoor faucets.
- Changing the water frequently in flower vases.
The public is also advised to wear light colored, loose fitting clothing during outdoor activities as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. When practical, wear long-sleeves and pants when going outdoors. Proper application of mosquito repellents that contain 20% to 30% DEET as the active ingredient on exposed skin and clothing decreases the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Mosquito Surveillance and Control Program of the Division of Environmental Health of this Department at 735-7221. Dangko’lo na Si Yu’os Ma’ase.