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'Large mosquito outbreak' expected in Irma's wake

September 18, 2017
North Fort Myers Neighbor

Lee County Mosquito Control District is predicting a large mosquito outbreak as a result of Hurricane Irma's heavy rains and flooding.

"Coastal and inland areas have expansive areas of standing water, which will produce large numbers of mosquitoes," officials said in a statement released Monday.

Treatments to control adult mosquitoes will begin Sept. 18 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. Areas with the highest numbers of adult mosquitoes and that are without power will be treated first.

Residents may encounter adult mosquitoes for several days before experiencing relief from LCMCD control efforts, officials said.

Many areas still have debris and flooding preventing ground control of adult mosquitoes. LCMCD suggests individuals consider using repellent to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Animal Industries, preventing animals from exposure to adult mosquitoes is important. Horses should be stabled inside during peak mosquito feeding times, which are dawn and dusk. Use of mosquito-resistant devices such as well-maintained insect screening and fans may reduce potential access of mosquitoes to equine and other livestock hosts. Horse owners should use repellents approved for use on horses, but the effectiveness of some formulations under certain conditions (e.g., rain, perspiration) may be limited. Always follow label instructions. Residents are encouraged to contact their veterinarian for advice on mosquito protection measures for pets and livestock, especially for heartworm disease. To report mosquito concerns please call 239-694-2174.

To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, the Department of Health recommends that individuals remain diligent in their personal prevention efforts. These should include the following for prevention:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tips on Repellent Use:

 
 

 

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