Empty water from flower pots, garbage cans, recycling containers, wheelbarrows, aluminum cans, boat tarps, old tires, and buckets - any item that can hold water.
Flush birdbaths and wading pools weekly.
Flush ornamental bromeliads or treat with BTI, a biological larvicide available at home stores.
Clean roof gutters, which can become clogged and hold water.
Change the water in outdoor pet dishes regularly.
Keep pools and spas chlorinated and filtered.
Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito-eating fish.
Cover rain barrels with screening.
Check for standing water under houses, near plumbing drains, under air conditioner drip areas, around septic tanks and heat pumps.
Take steps to eliminate standing water, improve drainage, and prevent future puddling.
Protect your skin from mosquito bites when outdoors: wear mosquito repellent (products containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus) or long sleeves and pants. The threat of virus, although minimal, is present throughout the year, and precautions should be taken during outdoor activities. No virus has been detected in Pinellas County’s sentinel chickens this year.