National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is June 20 to 26

DPHSS advises everyone to be vigilant against mosquito bites to help stop the spread of dengue. (file photo)

The week of June 20 – 26, 2021 has been declared annual “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA).

The Director of Public Health and Social Services, and the Division of Environmental Health (DEH), would like to once again stress the importance of mosquito control and bite prevention by following the “the three D’s”:

  1. Drain: Empty out water containers are least once per week

  2. Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing

  3. Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus

Mosquitoes need a source of water to complete their life cycle and with Guam’s rainy season approaching, it is strongly recommended that we all come together to identify and eliminate all sources of mosquito-breeding containers on our properties. This is the most effective means of mosquito control.

In recognition of “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week,” DEH will be providing free cans of mosquito repellent and educational materials at its facility at 155 Hesler Place in Hagåtña. Supplies are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The public is encouraged to visit DEH’s social media pages on Facebook and Instagram for educational posts.

For further information, please contact the Mosquito Control and Surveillance Program of DEH at 300-9576.

(DPHSS Release)