SARASOTA COUNTY (WSNN) - Lots of rain means lots of mosquitoes! So the Sarasota County Health Department is urging you to protect yourself during this summer season.

While bites are usually annoying, they can be dangerous.

Mosquitoes are the number one killer in the world, carrying diseases like the West Nile Virus.

"We've had a lot of rain lately, so we want to make sure the community is aware and make sure that we're draining a spare tire that you have out in the back yard that's holding water," FDOH Sarasota County Spokesperson Steve Huard said. "Mosquitoes can breathe in as little as a bottle cap of water."

So the best way to protect yourself is to drain all standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying and to cover your skin with clothing or repellent. 

So far, FDOH is reporting there are no cases of West Nile Virus on the Suncoast.