Take the water away from the mosquitoes.
AFTER THE HURRICANE…
¡Say NO to the Aedes aegypti mosquito!
The Aedes aegypti mosquito can lay its eggs in accumulated water, using this as breeding sites.
Aedes aegypti is the vector for dengue, Zika, and chikungunya in Puerto Rico. A vector is a living thing that can transmit a disease.
How can we keep accumulated water from turning into a breeding sites?
Bucket and Pails
Cover tightly with mosquito netting or turn over if empty
Keep tightly covered or screened.
Bottles and Gallons
Cover tightly with a cap or mosquito netting. If you don’t need them, throw them away.
Seal with tightly fitted cover. Seal outlets and down-spouts with mosquito netting.
Clean weekly to ensure that dirt and leaves do not cause the roof to collect rainwater where mosquitoes could breed.
Don’t forget to check other possible breeding sites
Empty accumulated water weekly from debris around your home.
Make sure it is completely sealed, and cover air vent with mosquito netting.
Store under shelter if needed for future use. If not, take them to be recycled.
Store watering cans, shovels, wheel barrows, and other tools inside or upside down to prevent the accumulation of water.
The mosquito life cycle can take as little as 7 days!
Protect yourself, your family and friends!
Personal protection is a major part of reducing the spread of vector-borne diseases.
You can protect yourself and those around you.
Use repellents with active ingredients approved by the EPA: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undercanone.
Wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed-toe shoes when outdoors.
Install bed nets on cribs, strollers, and infant car seats.
Install screens on your doors and windows.
REMEMBER Non-potable water can be treated with larvicides that can be found in hardware and similar stores.
The PRVCU is building a helpful list of resources to help you protect against and reduce the population of mosquitoes in your community.
LEARN & PROTECT
Learn about Aedes aegypti and how to protect yourself.
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