Keeping your family safe from mosquito-borne diseases this summer

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SARASOTA- Humidity and rain is a haven for mosquito season in Florida.

“Mosquitoes can breed in a bottle cap of water or less,” said Pallas Knight, Director of Operations at Cloud Termite and Pest Control.

Standing water can be a threat of mosquito–borne diseases for residents. Gov. Rick Scott told CBS in January, the state is taking preventative measures this year, allocating a  $26.2 million budget.

With no cure or vaccine, Knight said you can prepare right at home.

“Any standing water needs to be removed from your property,” Knight said. “If you can’t remove it You can get mosquito dunks or Larvacide.”

Some can be found in unsuspecting places.

“They hide underneath leaves, so you want to make sure your plants are not too out of control,” she said.

A summer backyard get together should include bug spray and/or an insect trap. Although no Zika virus cases are reported on the Suncoast this year, Knight said it’s important for residents to stay educated.

“According to some reports, around 55% of people take no preventative action from mosquitoes which is kind of scary. It’s really important that you and your neighbor take care of mosquitoes to manage any diseases or anything that could come out of that,” she said.

Cloud Termite and Pest Control. 941-746-1147  

 

 

 

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Jennifer Kveglis
Jennifer joined SNN in July of 2017. Born and raised in Mount Olive, New Jersey, she found her love for media as a lead anchor for her high school’s morning television program. She graduated from Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana and extended her studies at the University of Tampa where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts. In college she interned for FOX 13 and City of Tampa Television. Her future plans are to utilize her film-making skills to provide a unique rendition of storytelling. Her love for the sunshine, beach and local area made it an easy decision to stay in SWFL after graduation. In her free time, Jennifer can be found at the gym or exploring vegan restaurants. She loves to travel and expose herself to new environments. She is excited to embrace a brand new city while making introductions with the local community. She owes her successes to her supportive family, friends, and mentors.

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