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Mosquito Control


Mission Statement


To achieve and maintain levels of control of mosquitoes and other insects of public health or nuisance importance to protect human health and safety and improve the quality of life of people, promote economic development of the county, and facilitate enjoyment of its natural attractions by reducing the number of pestiferous and disease-carrying mosquitoes.

FY 2016-2017 Accomplishments

  • Our state-certified and licensed personnel continued to implement integrated mosquito management, or IMM, measures, including source reduction, biological control and chemical applications to control mosquitoes without an unreasonable adverse effect on the environment, as per chapter 388, Florida Statutes. Chapter 5E-13, Florida Administrative Code, regulates this division’s operations and management. 
  • Responded to 587 service requests, averaging less than 24 hours response time from the initial call to on-site inspection performed.
  • Emphasized the importance of public education and public awareness, along with improved surveillance and species identification, development of bio-rational alternatives, use of existing facilities to secure and to maintain vehicle safety and chemical efficacy, and focused management of domestic mosquito impacts as both nuisance and public health mosquito-borne disease risks are concerned.
  • With the continued concern of the Zika virus nationwide, Mosquito Control implemented additional trapping methods with the BG-Sentinel Lure Traps, which primarily attract the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the container-breeding mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus.
  • In compliance with state regulations and NPDES regulations, the division continued to achieve and maintain the control of mosquitoes on a county-wide basis in a manner consistent with the protection of the environmental and the ecological integrity of all lands and waters.
  • Programs of source reduction, biocontrol, and surveillance enhance IMM Best Practices:
    • Biological – use of mosquito fish as larval predators
    • Chemical – use of bio-rational control and internal growth regulator larvicides
    • Physical – promote draining and dumping of containers as may hold water to breed mosquito larval forms and hatch into flying adults 
    • Mosquito control technicians’ activities included:
      • Service request received and responded -587
      • Independent field inspections: 6,445
      • Larvicide applications: 1,646 with 402 acres treated
      • CDC light traps and BG Sentinel Trap missions: 120
      • Biological control methods (Gambusia Fish installations): 124
      • Acres treated by adulticiding: 19,165
 

 

19,165

Acres treated

587

Service requests responded to

6,445

Independent field inspections