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
Saturday, August 24: Aerial treatments to kill adult mosquitoes are scheduled for tonight after 8:45 pm in rural Sarasota and North Port; Zone R4, R6, and N15.
Completion of the missions will be weather permitting.
Help prevent mosquito breeding and protect yourself
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.