The UF/IFAS Hernando County Extension Services Announces Operation Skeeter Stop!


Summary: The UF/IFAS Hernando County Extension announces the 2016 summer initiative to collect mosquito repellent to be distributed to Hernando’s homeless population.

Brooksville, FL, July 20, 2016— “Equipping Hernando’s Homeless with Mosquito Protection” is the goal of Operation Skeeter Stop!  The Hernando County Extension Services ( ) is partnering with the Hernando County Florida Master Gardener Program, Hernando County, Hernando County Mosquito Control, Florida Health Hernando County, Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program, 4-H, and Sea Grant Florida to educate citizens about the dangers of mosquito bites and to collect mosquito repellent to distribute to Hernando County’s homeless population.

MOSQUITO BITES CAN BE DANGEROUS!  A number of diseases, including Zika, West Nile and Chikungunya viruses, can be Operation Skeeter Stop Logo2transmitted via a simple mosquito bite,” said Dr. William Lester, Urban/Commercial Horticulture Agent with UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County.   Hernando county citizens should know that EPA approved mosquito repellent provides the best protection from being bitten by a mosquito. Our homeless generally don’t have access to mosquito repellent, so the UF/IFAS Extension Office is teaming up with other agencies to better equip Hernando County’s homeless population with mosquito protection.  We are asking everyone to help us collect new, unopened containers of mosquito repellent to distribute by donat­ing bottles at our drop-off locations listed below July 15 – October 31, 2016:

Mosquito Repellent for Hernando’s Homeless DROP OFF LOCATIONS

  • UF/IFAS Hernando County Extension Services, 16110 Aviation Loop, Brooksville, FL  34604, (352) 754-4433
  • Hernando County Mosquito Control, 15400 Wiscon Road, Brooksville, (352) 540-6522
  • Hernando County Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver Street, Brooksville, Open Wednesdays – 9am – Noon
  • Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main Street, Brooksville (352) 754-4000
  • Hernando County Department of Health, 7551 Forest Oaks Boulevard, Spring Hill (352) 540-6800

The goal of the Master Gardener Program in Hernando County is to train volunteers on a variety of gardening topics in order to provide and to share that information with Hernando County residents.

Other activities include:

  • Plant Clinics at the Extension Office and Lowes in Spring Hill
  • Weekly work sessions at various Extension demonstration garden sites
  • Monthly training meetings
  • 4-H related educational opportunities
  • Opportunities to provide education to homeowners’ associations and other groups
  • Educational field trips and seminars

About The Hernando County Extension Service

Hernando County Extension is a partnership between: University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, United States Department of Agriculture, and Hernando County Board of County Commissioners to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. Operating as part of the University’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Extension serves each of the state’s sixty-seven counties by providing information and conducting educational programs on issues such as sustainable agriculture, competitiveness in world markets, natural resource conservation, energy conservation, food safety, child and family development, consumer credit counseling, and youth development. The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer amplification of the Hernando County Extension Service for agriculture. For contact information and to learn more click on this link:

Hernando County Extension Services-Master Gardener Program

16110 Aviation Loop, Brooksville, FL  34604

(352) 754-4433 or

Laura Woodard – Communications Chair, Hernando Master Gardeners