The following information is provided by the Orange County Health Department and Mosquito Control, to help you stay healthy and informed, and prevent problems with rodents and mosquitoes:
Drain standing water to prevent mosqitoes from multiplying
Empty and clean birdbaths and outdoor pet water bowls at least once per week
Maintain the correct chemical balance in swimming pools, and empty inflatable swimming/paddling pools when not in use
Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing broken screens on windows, doors, porches and patios
Remove food and water sources, seal access points, and remove clutter
Do not leave pet food out for an extended period of time
Monitor and minimize the use of bird feeders
Maintain shrubs and vegetation to limit harborage
Do not leave food from gardens and fruit trees on the ground
Follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended guidelines for clean up at www.cdc.gov/rodents (*)
For more information on these health tips or to report any issues, please call the Orange County Government Information Line at 407-836-3111.
Dog Bite Prevention
Each year, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs, including nearly 2,000 in Orange County. Animal Services is committed to helping kepp you and your family safe around dogs.
Who Is Most At Risk?
Fifty percent of all children in the U.S. will be bitten by a dog before their 12th birthday
Children are more likely thn adults to require medical attention for dog bites
How Can Dog Bites Be Prevented?
Never approach or corner an unfamiliar dog, instead, allow it to come to you
Be sensitive to cues of fear or apprehension in a dog. Many dog bites are the result of fear, not aggression. Signs of fear include hand-shyness, difficulty leashing, avoidance of eye contact, backing away or "freezing" when approached or trembling
Similarly, be aware of dominance in a dog. Jumping, pulling on the leash, food and toy protectiveness, and direct or fixed eye contact are signs of possible dominance
Spay/neuter your dog
Never leave young children alone with a dog
Properly socialize and train any dog entering your household. Start early and reinforce often
Immediately seek professional advice if your dog develops undesirable behaviors