Drain & Cover 2016

Public Service Announcement

Video by the Florida Department of Health

Zika PSA

Public Service Announcement

Video by Lee County Mosquito Control

Zika Virus

Lee County Mosquito ControlZika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has also been reported in Puerto Rico. Cases of Zika fever have been reported in travelers returning to the United States.

Preventing Mosquito Bites

  • Drain – Standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water dish at least once or twice a week
  • No MosquitosDrain water from Garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers , coolers, toys, flowerpots, or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition with proper chlorination, empty plastic swimming pools when not it use
  • Flush bromeliads at least once a week
  • Cover – skin with clothing or repellent
  • Wear clothing to protect skin from bites
  • Use a Mosquito Repellent – to protect children under 2 months old use mosquito netting
  • Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house, repair broken screens on windows, doors, patios, porches

The Spill-the-Water Heroes!

Stopping mosquitoes by spilling the water where mosquitoes are made!


Zika 101 (Vector Control)

A rap video with simple steps for personal protection against Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the two known mosquito vectors of Zika virus. Lyrics, video production and direction by MC Bugg-Z, Beat produced by Mike Zymali from Icepaw, Drums by Richard Glassman

This is a not-for-profit public service announcement that is intended to help remind all people about the simple steps they can take to reduce the likelihood of Zika virus in their community. Zika is everyone's responsibility. Please do your part to fight the bite!

Spill the Water by Florida Health

How to prevent Zika

Spill the Water - Parents

Living in Florida, mosquitoes are seemingly part of our everyday life. However, many children don’t know mosquitoes not only make them itch, but can carry diseases like Zika and West Nile virus. Not all mosquitoes are the same. Different mosquitoes spread different diseases and are more likely to bite at certain times of the day. Some mosquito species bite during the day, such as those mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. Other species of mosquitoes bite most often at dawn and dusk, including those that can transmit West Nile virus.

To help prevent infection and to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, it is important for kids and parents to practice basic mosquito bite prevention: cover skin with long clothing and repellant and spill! sources of standing water. Fewer mosquito bites reduces everyone’s risk for illness and a smaller mosquito population means fewer bites. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon or a bottle cap of water. Kids can help in the fight against mosquitoes when they Spill the Water! around their home and neighborhood.

How to prevent Zika


Students in middle and high school can help prevent the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases by taking action in their community. Florida needs volunteers to find and clean up standing water where mosquitoes breed. Volunteer efforts that focus on reducing the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases can teach students about personal safety, everyday science and the importance of public health and how each member of a community can help improve health for all. Student clubs and groups can host and participate in clean-up efforts in neighborhoods, around schools or downtown areas. Spilling standing water and cleaning up debris and other trash where mosquitoes can lay eggs, along with repairing screens and doors for those who need assistance, means smaller numbers of mosquitoes and fewer bites. By donating their time, students can earn volunteer/community service hours. If you need help identifying high-risk areas in your community or coordinating a clean-up group, contact your county health department, local extension office or mosquito control office.

How to prevent Zika

Spill the Water - Teachers

Thanks to you, Florida’s kids are super smart! However, many kids don’t know mosquitoes can make them sick. You can help protect kids by teaching them to cover their skin with long clothing and repellant and to Spill the Water! around their home. By spilling the water and preventing mosquitoes from breeding, kids can be super-heroes in their home, school and community.

The Spill the Water! Teacher Tool is filled with brain teasers you can use with our activity sheets. Activity sheets are available for pre-k, elementary, middle and high school levels and they align with established Florida Standards benchmarks. Download and print activity sheets for free and use them in your classroom along with the PSA to get students buzzing with excitement about mosquito bite prevention.

Don’t let Florida’s kids be a mosquito snack. Teach them to cover up and Spill the Water!

Student Activities

  • Mosquito Bottle Breeder - Students will observe the process of metamorphosis through the life cycle of the mosquito. Bottle Breeder.pdf (823.2 KBs)
  • Food Chain - Students will learn what a food chain is and how the parts of the chain are interdependent. They will create a mosquito-related food chain. Food Chain Activity.pdf (915.2 KBs)
  • Make Your Own Mosquito - Students will learn the different parts of the mosquito anatomy by assembling their own mosquito replica. Make Your Own Mosquito.pdf (1.2 MBs)
  • Mosquito Meal Wheel? - Students will learn that mosquitoes feed on plant juices for energy. Female mosquitoes require blood for egg development. Mosquito Meal Wheel.pdf (1.9 MBs)
  • Who Eats Who? - Students will understand that mosquitoes are an important food source for many other animals. Who Eats Who.pdf (1.4 MBs)
  • Mosquito Metamorphosis - Students will recognize that mosquitoes grow through four phases of metamorphosis; egg, larva, pupa and adult. Mosquito Metamorphosis.pdf (2.2 MBs)