The Harry Chapin Food Bank has been giving away free containers of bug spray as part of a state wide effort to prevent the spread of the Zika virus. The popular food bank has given away 22,000 bottles of bug spray and has distributed them to Southwest counties including, Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades.
The Ft. Myers News Press reported that Florida has over 900 people infected with the Zika virus as of today but most of them have contracted the virus by traveling to other countries. Most of the cases are in the Miami-Dade counties and that of the 900 cases reported thus far, 109 of them were infected here in Florida. There have been 12 reported Zika infections in Lee County and 7 in Collier county but all were by people who traveled outside the country and were infected there.
The free bug spray being distributed has the chemical Deet in it and goes by the name of “Deep Woods Off.” SW Florida and South Florida as a whole is in a sub tropical zone and has always had a heavy concentration of mosquitoes because of the hot weather, humidity and heavy annual rainfall. Homeowners are encouraged to keep the mosquito population breeding habitats to a minimum by getting rid of anything in their yards that contains pools of standing water such as pots, toys, pools and outside containers or receptacles. The National Geographic News website provides some information about the Tiger Mosquito which is one of the nasty mosquitoes that spreads the virus. The popular bug spray “Off” is manufactured by Wisconsin based SC Johnson which is the worlds largest producer of insect repellent.