The Florida Department of Agriculture has issued a statewide mosquito declaration in response to the recent discovery of locally transmitted Zika virus cases in South Florida.
The mosquito declaration requires the state to initiate aggressive mosquito control efforts within a minimum 200-yard radius around a locally acquired Zika case patient’s home.
The eradication efforts can include eliminating larval habitats by emptying standing water, treating water-holding containers with long-lasting larvicide, providing insecticide treatments, and conducting adult mosquito surveillance.
Homeowners in Florida can help in Zika-related response efforts.
The Mosquito that spreads the zika virus is Aedes Eegypti and they only live in artificial containers.
The mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so get rid of the standing water around your home.
Standing water can be anywhere like flower pots, birdbaths, buckets, barrels, and cans.
You should also clean out your rain gutters and remove any discarded tires and other items that can collect water.
And if you have any mosquito concerns, contact Franklin County Mosquito control at 670- 8730.