Zika Workshop At Miami Home Depot Offers Mosquito Safety Tips

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Miami Department of Health teamed up with Home Depot on Saturday to host an educational event dedicated to safety against mosquito bites.

Zika Action Day was held at the Home Depot on Biscayne Avenue on September 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The workshop covered how-to demonstrations for the home, as well as offered products to stop insects and prevent mosquito bites, including mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.

“Vendors are here, in partnership, explaining to customers the products that can be used, indoor, outdoor, what they can do to help prevent it inside their home, as far as screens and weather-stripping,” said Home Depot store manager Liz Seamone. “We want to make sure customers have all that they need.”

Dozens came out to ask questions and have their concerns addressed.

“We thought it was important to get more educated on Zika,” said shopper Natasha Gonzalez. “It’s great because we had a lot of information but they showed us a lot of products that we didn’t even know would help.”

For others, Zika is only part of the problem when it comes to those pesky mosquitoes.

“Zika’s one of them but there are others also,” said Omar Osman. “You know, the chikungunya and the malaria, so the mosquito itself is really a problem.”

Vendors were on hand explaining things like how long certain bug repellents will last, safety concerns for children, and how often you should reapply it to your skin.

“Whether it’s using a personal repellent, treating their yard, treating their home, how to take their home and make it safe from mosquitoes,” said Spectracide sales director Jay Matthews. “This is a great way for consumers to come and get educated.”

On Friday, Governor Rick Scott expanded the Zika zone along Miami Beach, now from 8th Street to 63rd Street.

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