Health department: Protect yourself against mosquitoes

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JJ Harrison / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 03:18 PM.

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County and Okaloosa County Mosquito Control want residents and visitors to protect themselves against mosquito-borne diseases.

Standing water caused by recent heavy rainfall across the area has increased the incidence of these pests.

To prevent mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your home or business:

•Drain water from containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.

•Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other unused items. Even small amounts of water can serve as a breeding site for mosquitoes.

•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.

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