Make a Cartoon about the "Ds"

What are the Ds of Mosquito Prevention?

DRAIN standing water

DRAIN STANDING WATER from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

DISCARD old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.

EMPTY AND CLEAN birdbaths and pets’ water bowls at least once or twice a week.

PROTECT boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.

MAINTAIN the water balance (pool chemistry) of swimming pools. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

DETER mosquitoes with a repellent

APPLY MOSQUITO REPELLENT to bare skin and clothing to keep mosquitoes away.
Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET (recommended), picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.

Learn more about repellents.

DUSK & DAWN is mosquito time

Limit outdoor exposure or take precautions during this time as mosquitoes are most active.

DRESS to prevent bites

COVER YOUR SKIN with clothing if you must be outside when mosquitoes are active. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves.

USE MOSQUITO NETTING to protect young children, especially those younger than 2 months.

COVER DOORS AND WINDOWS with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

To learn more about Mosquito Prevention, visit the "HELP US" page

How it works

Create a 3 or 4 panel cartoon strip based on the Ds of Mosquito Prevention

How to enter

We're excited to see some strong cartoons this year!
Students can work with any materials they want, but all
cartoons must be entered using the entry form.
or teachers can submit the entry form online as a .png, or .jpg.
The contest is open for entries until
November 30, 2022, 8am, so here's some information to help you get started:

  1. Download or print the ENTRY FORM.

  2. Cartoon:
    3 to 4 panels; title, dialogue (encouraged); Use any materials, from crayons to clay to found objects.

  3. Write:

    • Artist’s statement - Tell us about what you have drawn and how it represents the Ds of Mosquito Prevention.

    • Fill out the rest of the required information and have a parent or guardian sign the entry form.

  4. Submit:

    • Enter the contest online.

    • You can either upload it to our site as a .jpg or .png.

    • If the cartoon wasn't created directly on our entry form, take a high-res digital photo or scan of the cartoon in good lighting and combine it with the entry form.

    • CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT (Right-click to copy e-mail address or hold on a mobile device)

JuDGING & Prizes

Cartoons will be judged on the following parameters:

  1. Artistic merit: Based on artistic skill

  2. Creativity: Representation of the contest theme and use of the "Ds", and the unique approach to the cartoon strip

  3. Theme communication: How well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement

Cartoons will be grouped and judged by the following 4 grade groups for each contest:

    • Grades K-6

    • Grades 7-12

Finalists from the grade groups will automatically be entered into the 2022 Annual Contest and compete for the following prizes:

  • Grade K-6 ~ 1st $60; 2nd $40; 3rd $20

  • Grade 7-12: 1st $100; 2nd $70; 3rd $50

Public voting may help determine the winners of the Annual contest. Winners may be announced in January 2023

Rules & Disqualifications

  • Contest is open to all students residents of Saginaw County.

  • Cartoons that are not original works, contain logos, or copyright imagery will be disqualified.

  • Only one application per student per contest. Only the first entry for each contest will be considered, any additional entries will be disqualified.

  • Please read through contest rules for more information.

Previous Contest Winners & Finalists