Escambia County Mosquito Control is dedicated to protecting the public health and improving the quality of life by utilizing environmentally sound practices to control mosquitoes. Using modern mosquito control based on an integrated pest management approach, the division strives to meet the highest level of service while following applicable laws, regulations and standards.
Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process used to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. Escambia County Mosquito Control’s Integrated Pest Management practices include:
Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can be a public health issue as they can carry serious diseases such as encephalitis, yellow fever, dengue, malaria, and Zika. To help reduce the risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes, residents should follow the "Five D’s and an S" of Mosquito Control:
Dusk to Dawn - is the time frame when mosquitoes are most active. Reduce or eliminate outdoor activity between dusk and dawn or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites
Drainage - is key to eliminating breeding sites for mosquitoes. Check around your home to rid the area of standing water. Water found in old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, leaky pipes and faucets, birdbaths and wading pools is where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
Dress - in light colored, long sleeves and pants when you are outside, especially in mosquito infested areas.
DEET - if you are going to be outside when mosquitoes are most active, make sure you apply insect repellent that contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). Read and follow label instructions. Spray both exposed skin and clothing with repellent when outdoors.
creens - make sure window and door screens are in good condition.