Fight the Bite: Prevent the Spread of Mosquitos

Baker County, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Baker County (DOH-Baker)

is urging all residents and visitors to protect against mosquito bites as weather gets

hotter and wetter. Preventing bites reduces the risk of a person getting infected with a

mosquito-borne disease, known as an arbovirus.

Fight the Bite by taking simple steps to mitigate the spread of disease by mosquitoes.

Preventative measures such as “Drain and Cover” can make a significant impact on

your home environment and prevent mosquitoes from laying and hatching eggs.

Reducing the population of mosquitos helps decrease your likelihood of being bit.

Mosquito Bite Prevention

Using the right insect repellent and other preventive actions can discourage mosquitoes

from biting you. Follow these Drain and Cover tips to help prevent mosquito bites.

DRAIN water from outside areas to reduce the number of places mosquitoes can lay

their eggs and breed.

• Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys,

flowerpots, or any other containers where sprinklers or rainwater has collected.

• Discard old tires, bottles, pots, broken appliances, and other items not being used.

• Empty and clean birdbaths and any pet water bowls at least twice a week.

• Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.

• Maintain swimming pools in good condition and keep chlorinated. Empty plastic

swimming pools when not in use.

COVER with protective clothing while outdoors and keep doors and windows closed to

prevent mosquitoes from going indoors.

• Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves while outside when and where

mosquitoes are most prevalent to discourage mosquitoes from biting.

• Check and repair screens on doors and windows. Keep them closed and use air

conditioning when possible.

• Make sure window screens are in good repair to reduce the chance of mosquitoes


• Use repellent on bare skin; DEET at 20% to 30% concentration works well for most

people when used according to label directions; Do not apply to infants.

Laura Vaughn

Laura Vaughn, News 104.5 WOKV

Laura Vaughn is Afternoon News Anchor on 104.5 WOKV. Laura joined Jacksonville’s News and Talk station in 2023 after more than 35 years of varied broadcasting experience in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, west central Florida and now Jacksonville.

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