HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -

Authorities were asking Broward County residents Wednesday for help to reduce the mosquito population.

Broward County Mosquito Control manager Joseph Marhefka warned in a press release that mosquitoes can quickly become a public health issue.

Marhefka is asking residents to follow these tips:


• Destroy or dispose of cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that can collect and hold standing water, which promotes breeding

• Repair leaky pipes

• Install screens on rain barrels and opening to water tanks or cisterns

• Empty water from boats

• Scrub and change water in vases holding flowers or cuttings twice each week, or grow cutting in sand

• Clean clogged roof gutters and drain flat roofs

• Scrub and change water in bird baths twice weekly; empty watering area of pets and chicken daily

• Fill holes in trees with sand or mortar, or drain or spray them as required

• Stock fish pools or lily ponds with minnows, which devour mosquito larvae

Also, the best protection from mosquitoes is to avoid mosquito bites by practicing the following simple tasks:

• Keep doors and windows closed.

• Stay indoors at dusk and dawn.

• Dress in long-sleeved and light-colored clothing when in a known mosquito infested area.

• Apply insect repellent containing DEET sparingly to clothing and skin.