North Santa Rosa


Milton, FL – Due to flooding from heavy rains over the past several days, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County would like to remind everyone of the importance of protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases. The public should remain diligent in taking precautions to eliminate areas where mosquitoes may breed and reduce the possibility of being bitten by mosquitoes:


DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.


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

pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items

that aren’t being used.

Empty and clean birdbaths and pets’ water bowls at least once or twice a week.

Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.

Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic

swimming pools when not in use.


COVER skin with clothing or repellent.


CLOTHING – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection

may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.

REPELLENT – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.

Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of

lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.

Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.


Tips on Repellent Use


Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent.

Some repellents are not suitable for children.

Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are

generally recommended. Other US Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents

contain Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. These products are generally

available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label.

Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing.

In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate.

According to the CDC, mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be

used on children under the age of three years. DEET is not recommended on children

younger than two months old.

Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their

own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.

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