It’s National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017!

Did you know that the Roundhouse at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL), University of Florida, pictured above, was built to study the flight behavior of mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are more deadly than humans …

Always protect yourself against mosquito biting: Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing and use an effective mosquito repellent. In Florida, mosquitoes transit Zika, dengue fever, west nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and St. Louis encephalitis.

Outside of the U.S., mosquitoes transmit malaria and yellow fever. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) maintains an alphabetical list of malaria conditions by country. Brazil is experiencing its worst outbreak of yellow fever in years, and the Center for Disease Control has issued special travel precautions.

National Mosquito Control Awareness week is from June 25 through July 1, 2017.

Take care not to “grow” your own mosquitoes around your home. Visit the FMEL web page to learn about its mosquito research and education efforts.