Zika Action Plan from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services

Get the Buzz on Mosquito Protection from Suffolk County Department of Health Services

Education is a key component of Suffolk County's Zika Action Plan. The Department of Health Services has developed a new brochure to inform residents about the Zika virus and other diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes. The brochure also provides information about how to protect yourself from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.

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Protection
Some mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn, but others will bite any time of day.

  • When possible, wear protective clothing with long sleeves and long pants.
  • Use repellents that are EPA approved, with EPA labeling on the product.
  • Be sure to reapply repellent as often as indicated on the label.
  • Be sure to follow label directions.
  • Do NOT spray repellent on skin under clothing.
  • If you are using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and repellent second.
  • Use fans outdoors to prevent mosquitoes from flying around you.

 If you have a baby or child:

  • When possible, dress children in protective clothing with long sleeves and long pants.
  • Do NOT use repellent on babies younger than two months old.
  • Cover baby carriages with mosquito nets.
  • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, cut or irritated skin.
  • Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.

Five Important Steps to Protection
You are the first line of defense against mosquitoes around your home. Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water. Even small amounts of water can act as breeding sites for mosquitoes. These five steps done weekly will help reduce mosquitoes in your yard.

  1. Keep Your Yard Tidy - Fill any holes in your yard and unclog gutters. Maintain swimming pools and keep grass trimmed.
  2. Repair Screens - Make sure all window and door screens are free of holes and rips that could allow mosquitoes to enter your home. 
  3. Remove Standing Water - Dump water from outdoor items such as children’s toys, birdbaths, planters, dog bowls, and garbage cans. Turn over, cover, or drill holes in the bottom of the items that can hold water and are left outside, like garbage cans. 
  4. Scrub Items that Hold Water - After you dump water from a container, mosquito eggs may remain on the sides, even if you cannot see them. Scrubbing items clean will remove these eggs. 
  5. Prepare - Get ready for mosquito season by having EPA approved repellents on hand.

Questions?
Call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services Information Line: 631-787-2200
If you have a concern about mosquitoes or to report an abandoned/stagnant swimming pool or standing water contact Suffolk County Vector Control: 631-852-4270

Additional Resources:
Suffolk County Department of Health Services http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/HealthBulletins/CDCZikaVirusAlert.aspx
Facebook: Facebook.com/SuffolkCountyHealthServices
Twitter: Twitter.com/SuffolkCoHealth
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov
New York State Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/zika_virus/