Sarasota County Mosquito Management Services is dedicated to protecting and promoting public health by managing mosquito populations through environmentally sound and fiscally responsible practices.
Mosquito Spray Schedule
No missions scheduled.
Learn more about the mosquito life cycle and breeding sites by visiting our Mosquito Biology page.
We provide mosquito fish to citizens for free. Visit our Mosquito Fish information page to learn more.
Prevent Mosquito Breeding and Protection
Follow the 5 D's:
- 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.
Trapping and Disease Surveillance
Sarasota County has several dozen carbon dioxide bated traps placed throughout the area which serve as a method for population surveillance. During mosquito season, May 1 until Oct. 31, these traps are collected several times per week and adult mosquitoes are counted.For disease surveillance, Mosquito Management Services uses specialized traps to attract blood fed female mosquitoes. Sentinel chicken populations are also monitored year-round.
Treatments (spray missions) are scheduled only on an as-needed basis. The type of treatment, whether it be ground or aerial, is based upon what zones are being selected.
Several components contribute to missions which include adult population data, disease surveillance data, and service requests. If you have an issue with mosquitoes in your area, submit a Service Request today!