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- a powerpoint overview provided by Entomologist Jeannine Dorothy.
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Zika Awareness & Prevention
is spread primarily through the bite of certain species of infected
, though recent developments indicate it can also be sexually transmitted. The best way to avoid the Zika virus is to prevent mosquito bites. And the best way to avoid bites is to eliminate areas where these mosquitoes lay their eggs. These areas are called "breeding sites." This webpage is designed to provide residents, homeowners and organizations with simple ways to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and avoid mosquito bites.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Zika & Mosquitoes
(For a version with URLs spelled out,
: Some species of
mosquitoes breed in containers of standing water around the home rather than in wetland areas. Your home can be a major breeding ground!
Eliminate Areas Where Mosquitoes lay their Eggs
: The Tiger Mosquito can be a transmitter of Zika. This page shows you several ways to prevent them laying their eggs on your propery.
Tips to Rid Your Community of Mosquito Breeding Sites
Tips for Avoiding Mosquito Bites
- Preventing Mosquitoes, repellents, pesticides (EPA)
Keep Mosquitoes Out of your Septic Tank
Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika Viruses
Mosquito Bite Prevention
Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers
Preventing Zika Around Your Home
- series of 30-second YouTube videos that are available for downloading on the right side of this page.
Avoid Breeding Mosquitoes in Your Backyard
- a 4 minute outreach video from the department.
Don't Go Viral: Avoid West Nile Virus
- the information on this video is relevant to Zika.
The department works with about 2,100 communities across the state to provide mosquito spraying services. However, we will spray for mosquitoes in areas we don't normally spray if Zika is detected in mosquito pools or if a person is infected.
regular mosquito spraying schedules
. Also follow
For more information, see the department's
Mosquito Control Section
For Zika tips on the go, follow
Zika Response: Conducting a Yard Inspection
(below) is a training video designed to show local health department personnel what to look for when inspecting a yard for mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus. These inspections are done when mosquito populations pose a risk for Zika virus transmissions or when someone living in the area has been diagnosed with Zika. The purpose of these inspections is to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and reduce the risk of Zika virus transmission. These inspections may be conducted by local health department personnel and both state and local mosquito control officials.
Training Video for Health Officials
Zika Public Service Announcements
The Public Service Announcements posted here can be used by any organization to help spread information about how to avoid Zika. You are welcome to link to these directly or download them for your use.
Videos (30 seconds)
Zika Skeeter Song*
Audio .wav file
Audio .mp3 file
Zika & Your Yard
Zika & Your Gutters:
Zika & Tarps in Your Yard:
Zika & Children's Toys
Zika & Your Drain Pipes
Zika & Your Swimming Pool:
Texts of all PSAs
*Audio production for the Skeeter Song by Good Hat Studios with acknowledgement to the
Eastport Oyster Boy
s. Lyrics by Jeannine Dorothy, MDA Entomologist.
You can watch all PSAs together on our
All audio files are on our
Department Press Releases:
Mosquito Control Spraying Underway in Maryland Communities
(May 26, 2016)
Agriculture Agency Urges Public Coooperation in Fight Against Zika Virus
(April 26, 2016)
Governor Hogan Proclaims April 24-30, 2016 Zika Virus Awareness Week
(April 21, 2016)
interviewed MDA's Environmental Specialist
about the Zika virus, mosquitoes that carry it, those that don't, th
e state's spraying progam, its safety, what to do to prepare for it and how to opt in and out.
Maryland Department of Agriculture Sprays for Mosquitoes
- NBC4 Washington, May 27
Maryland Officials Discuss Zika Virus Prevention
- WJZ-TV, May 26, 2016
State Agriculture Workers Will Start Spraying for Mosquitoes
- WMAR-TV, May 25, 2016
DHMH Zika Awareness Week Town Hall Meeting
, April 20. 2016
B-Roll video of mosquito spray truck.
Humans & Zika
For more information on Zika’s effects on human health, see the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
(DHMH) Zika Virus Information page
Center for Disease Control website.
For the latest
statistics about Zika in the U.S.
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