The summer months typically bring an influx of tourists and visitors to Miami-Dade County, but there are always some unwanted guests who arrive every year… mosquitoes.

With mosquito season currently under way, the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) will recognize National Mosquito Control Awareness Week from June 26 through July 2.  National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is a time to recognize the role that mosquito control plays in enhancing the quality of life in communities and protecting the wellbeing of citizens across the United States.  DSWM’s Mosquito Control Section serves all of the residents of Miami-Dade County by providing mosquito inspections, enforcement and remediation to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses.  Mosquito Control’s services are an effective means to address mosquitoes in the community, but residents must also be involved in order to successfully control the mosquito population.

“Mosquito control in Miami-Dade County is a community-wide effort,” said Alina T. Hudak, Deputy Mayor and DSWM Director. “Although our mosquito control inspectors work proactively to fight mosquito breeding and respond to mosquito nuisance complaints and treat affected areas, the front line of the battle against mosquitoes surrounds the homes and businesses in our community.  We kindly ask residents to help control the mosquito population at home by draining any standing water to prevent mosquito breeding,” Hudak added.

In an effort to increase public awareness about mosquito breeding and bite prevention, the department recently mailed trilingual “Drain and Cover” educational flyers to every household in Miami-Dade County.  The campaign reminds residents of the important support role they play in the County’s efforts to fight the Aedes aegypti mosquito which can transmit Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

Preventing mosquito breeding at home is as simple as remembering two simple words: Drain and Cover.  Drain all standing water around the home to prevent mosquito breeding, cover skin with long-sleeved shirts and pants, and apply mosquito repellent to avoid being bitten.  These simple steps are the most effective ways to limit mosquitoes’ ability to reproduce and spread mosquito-borne illnesses.

To report a mosquito nuisance call 311.  For more information on mosquito control in Miami-Dade County, visit www.miamidade.gov/mosquitoes.