Okaloosa health department targets mosquito-borne illness

Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 05:06 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Due to recent heavy rainfall, the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County and Okaloosa County Mosquito Control are stressing the importance of protection against mosquito-borne diseases.

“Calls have tripled, and Okaloosa County Mosquito Control has implemented the nightly spray schedule following recent rains,” said Scott Henson of Okaloosa Public Works.

Follow these tips to prevent mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your home or business:

●Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or other containers collecting sprinkler or rainwater.

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

●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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