For Immediate Release
June 23, 2017; 4:20pm
DPHSS Release No. 2017-075
National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017 June 25 – July 1, 2017
The week of June 25 – July 1, 2017 has been declared annual “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) and the Director of Public Health and Social Services would like to once again stress the importance of public action and share how Guam residents can adopt safe mosquito control and bite prevention by following “the 4 D’s”:
- Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week
- Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered and approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus
- Dusk and Dawn: If possible, consider staying indoors early in the morning and evening when mosquitoes are most active
Mosquitoes need a source of water to complete their life cycle and with Guam’s rainy season approaching, it is strongly recommended that we all come together to identify and eliminate all sources of mosquito-breeding containers on our properties. This is the most effective means of mosquito control.
In recognition of “Mosquito Week,” the Divisions of Environmental Health and Public Health will be providing free cans of DEET and educational materials. Supplies are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
For further information, please contact the Mosquito Control and Surveillance Program of DEH at 735-7221 or 300-9566.