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 Mosquito Spraying Schedule

 

No spraying is predicted during the cooler, dryer winter monthsIf there are any changes they will be posted here.  

Larviciding of active sites is ongoing year round. Spot treatments may be necessary at times.

 

 FYI

 

Precision targeting "spot treatments" and intensive larviciding efforts will continue through the week. We will be augmenting adult traps for adult emergence that may occur this week. 

No arbovirus activity has been detected in sentinel chickens.

Make sure to empty your containers that hold water and vaccinate your horses and pets to prevent mosquito-transmitted diseases. Lastly, MMS advises the public to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites by following the “5 D’s,” which are:

  • Dusk and Dawn – Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are biting.
  • Dress – Wear clothing that covers most of your skin.
  • Defend yourself use repellents. Repellents that contain Picaridin, DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide).  Oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535 and permethrin are some repellent options.
  • Drainage – Check around your home to rid the area of standing water, which is where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.

To report a mosquito problem or request information, call 861-5000. 

A spray zone map is located below.

 

 Mosquito Zones Map

 

 

 
Mosquito Spraying Rates
At the application rate of six tenths of an ounce per acre, the spray is effective against flying mosquitoes, but is considered safe for people and pets by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has no lasting presence (residual) in the environment. 
  • Aerial spraying takes place at night when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Aerial treatments provide quick relief from mosquito bites and can reduce the threat of mosquito-transmitted diseases such as West Nile viral encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis.
  • Spraying is done by truck in urban areas using permethrin, a synthetic form of an insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum flower.
  • Permethrins are commonly used in pet dips as well as in other household sprays.
 

 Contact Information

 
Phone: 941-861-5000
Location: Mosquito Management
5531 Pinkney Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34233
 

 Report a Mosquito Problem

 
To report a mosquito problem or request information call 861-5000. Spray zone maps are located on the county website, scgov.net; go to the A to Z listing and click on M for "Mosquito Spraying"
 

 Mosquito Repellents

 

By reading and following label directions, the use of repellents can reduce or eliminate the discomfort of insect bites. Ticks can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other serious diseases. Repellents also curtail the spread of such mosquito-borne diseases as St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus.

An updated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) webpage serves as a one-stop-shop for information on registered repellents. It provides up-to-date listings of mosquito and tick repellents as well as tips for choosing the right product to meet your needs. For best results, use only insect repellents registered by EPA. When used according to instructions on the label, registered products have been shown to be effective. More information on insect repellent:  http://www.epa.gov/repellentfinder.


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