Mosquitoes pick up and carry disease pathogens, such as Zika and West Nile Virus, and transmit them from person to person through their bites.
You and your family—particularly the very young, the elderly and those with chronic diseases—could be at risk from the following mosquito-borne illnesses here in the U.S.:
What's being done to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases?
Mosquito Abatement Districts (MADs)
These organizations coordinate mosquito surveillance and control activities, such as spraying, and provide public education about reducing local mosquito populations and protecting against mosquito bites.
Public Health Officials (PHOs)
These health experts, in communities across the U.S., are responsible for identifying and preventing disease outbreaks—including mosquito-borne diseases—and for responding with appropriate measures when outbreaks occur.
AND…there are important things you can do to help protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases...
Mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs in standing water, so dispose of old tires, buckets, planters and other containers in your yard that may collect water
Empty standing water from all containers on your property, including birdbaths, at least once a week
Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water
Clean clogged roof gutters
Drill holes into the bottom of tire swings
Make sure all windows in your home have screens in place; repair any holes or tears in screens