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   Fight the Bite!

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Date: February 5, 2018

To: Teachers, principals, students, and parents of North Carolina

From: Public Health Entomologists in the Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch

Subject: Fight the Bite Campaign (3 pages)


Attention teachers and students, and parents!


The Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch is excited to announce the return of the “Fight the Bite!” campaign. We want you to help us educate the community about the prevention of vector-borne diseases by fighting the bite! Ticks and mosquitoes cause a great deal of illness in North Carolina, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and La Crosse Encephalitis. We hope your participation will be both fun, and a valuable learning experience.


If you are a parent or teacher of a participating student, please help them follow the instructions below to create their posters and submit them on time. Students should design their posters with a clear message about how they plan to “Fight the Bite!” and prevent tick and mosquito-borne illnesses.



  1. The poster contest is open to all students K-12 across the state of North Carolina. There will be three grade categories: K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

  2. Students must create their posters on an 8 ½” X 11” sheet of paper in either landscape or portrait layout. Only one submission per student is allowed.

  3. All art must be original! Submissions should be colorful and eye-catching. Any text should be large enough to read, legible, and spelled correctly.

  4. Students may pick any theme related to “Fight the Bite,” the 5-D’s of mosquito safety (see below), or any topic relating to the prevention of tick and mosquito-borne illnesses.

  5. Each student should fill out and entry form and tape it to the back of their poster. Do not staple.

  6. The deadline to submit posters is Friday, April 13, 2018. The winners will be announced by Friday, April 20, 2018 by 5pm.

  7. Posters can be mailed to the address below. Posters must be sent in an envelope big enough to hold the poster without folding and should be labeled “Do Not Fold”. Posters can also be scanned in, and emailed to Fax submissions will not be accepted. Mail your submissions to:


    Dr. Alexis M. Barbarin

    225 N. McDowell St.

    1902 Mail Service Center

    Raleigh, NC 27699-1902



TEL 919-733-7301 • FAX 919-733-1020





If a student is picked as a finalist, an email will be sent to the student’s teacher and/or school principal or their parent if they are submitting a poster outside of the classroom. Three students from each grade category will be selected as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony in Raleigh, following the completion of the contest.

How will the posters be judged and used?

1. The Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch will set up a judging panel of entomologists and other public health officials to review all poster entries and choose the winners from each grade level category.

2. Winning entries will be based on creativity, originality, and the ability to convey information about the prevention of vector-borne diseases.

3. Winning posters will be displayed on the Division of Public Health website, in schools, local health departments, and other state government buildings to help motivate others to “Fight the Bite!”

4. The illustrators of the winning posters will be invited to a special ceremony where they will be presented with awards, and meet members of the Division of Public Health.

5. All posters become the property of the Division of Public Health and may be used for future education materials.


Art Tips:

    • Artwork must be original!
    • Be neat and clean, and fill up as much of the page as possible.
    • You can use markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paint. However, posters should not be 3D. Entries can also be created via digital media.
    • Use your creativity and art skills to draw a picture that will show us how us how you “Fight the Bite” and protect yourself from mosquitoes using any or all the 5 D’s of Mosquito Safety: DRAIN any standing water that may act as a safe habitat for mosquito larvae (small containers, soda cans even bottle caps).
    • DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.
    • DRESS in long sleeves and pants when outside during peak mosquito activity (dusk/dawn).
    • DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using an effective insect repellent like DEET.
    • DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.
  • Remember mosquitoes have six legs and two wings, and ticks can have six or eight legs depending on if they are immature or adults. Make sure your drawing is accurate.

  • You can also take this opportunity to inform readers about any of the following vector borne diseases: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Malaria, West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), La Crosse Encephalitis, or Zika virus.


  • For any questions call (919)546-1623 or email


Here are some online tick and mosquito disease prevention resources to help build your poster:

Download the "Fight the Bite!" Poster Contest Entry Form below:


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