Our (MMS) mission is to reduce mosquito numbers in an environmental responsible manner. We want to lessen the nuisance and disease risk to people in Sarasota County.
Our intent is to be proactive in mosquito reduction. We target mosquitoes in the larval stages before they become flying, biting adult.
We use four approaches to controlling mosquitoes: prevention, source reduction, larviciding and adulticiding.
Prevention: we work with planners to build in a way that mosquito breeding habitats are not created.
Source Reduction: we educate the public in how to eliminate water and plants breeding grounds. This is where mosquitoes lay their eggs giving mosquitoes fewer places to breed.
Larviciding: we use larvicides that are effective in low concentrations. These larvicides have little impact on other organisms in the water. We add mosquito fish in permanent water sources as biological control.
Adulticiding: We use adulticide sprays that have minimal effects on other small insects. We spray based on many factors and in compliance with Florida Administrative Code 5E-13.
MMS asks you to do your part. You can empty or cover water holding containers in yard and to keep gutters and ditches free flowing.