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 contracted adulticide missions are currently planned.|
Changes to MMS service request procedures:
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Sarasota County Mosquito Management is initiating the following changes to service request procedures:
In an effort to maintain safe social distancing, reliable phone communication between MMS staff and anyone requesting service will be necessary.
Prior to beginning a scheduled service request, an MMS technician will contact the customer by phone and request that the customer:
Take in all animals
Unlock and open all gates required for access
Close all windows to residence
Ensure all residents remain indoors and away from technician for the duration of the technician’s presence
Upon completion of service, the MMS technician will again call the resident and discuss what services were performed and if further inspection or treatment is needed. If the technician is required to return to the residence, the same procedure as stated above must be followed.
Please understand that these precautions are intended to protect the residents and community as well as the technician.
If you have any questions, please contact Sarasota County Mosquito Management at (941)861-5000.
Changes to MMS Fish Pick Up procedures:
All residents interested in picking up mosquito fish from Sarasota County Mosquito Management should contact the MMS office through (941)861-5000 or the county website
and fill out a service request form. In the comments section of the form, please include your preference for picking up fish at our office at 5531 Pinkney Ave., Sarasota FL, 34233.
Once arrangements have been scheduled, fish will be available for pick up outside the front door of the MMS main office between 7:30 AM and 4 PM. Bags of fish will be labeled with customer’s name and placed in a cooler. No physical contact between customers and MMS staff will be required.
Mosquitoes Don’t Practice Social Distancing
But you can keep your distance from them by practicing the 5 D’s: Dump containers holding water; Drain water out of anything you can’t dump; Dress in light-colored long-sleeve shirts and long pants when outside; avoid being outside during Dusk/Dawn; and use mosquito repellant with DEET. Taking these few precautions is always good practice for Sarasota County residents regardless of the current public health situation.
Watch our team in action!
Ever wonder how Sarasota County mosquito technicians eradicate larvae before they grow into blood-sucking adults? This video shows staff employing integrated pest management to keep the ecosystem healthy.
Our Favorite Skeeter
On the lot at Sarasota County Mosquito Management, a grey and white tabby named Skeeter patrols the grounds around our nationally recognized aquaculture center. More than a mere pet, this fixed feline provides pest control without chemicals, something we’re in favor of very much at Mosquito Management Services.
“She doesn’t kill birds,” says David Jenkins, the Aquaculture Manager, as he feeds her with donated food. “She does a great job keeping the area free of pests without a drop of pesticide. It’s a model we’re always working toward at MMS.”
After a busy night of scaring away rats and roaches, Skeeter can be found happily snacking on the misguided mosquito fish that leap from the safety of the tanks to errant freedom. “She cleans up fish off the ground that would otherwise bring ants, too,” Jenkins says. “I wish we could put her on payroll.”
At Sarasota County Mosquito Management, we are dedicated to the principles of Integrated Pest Management which emphasize practices that ensure a healthy eco-system for humans, animals and insects.
No Downtime for MMS Technicians
At Sarasota County Mosquito Management, there’s no rest in combating mosquitoes. Our team of dedicated technicians (Joe Pizzo, Alma Concannon, Winston Allen, Phillip Rains, Isaac Congleton, Isaias Godoy and Laura Kroll) is currently involved in multiple projects designed to help protect our community from humanity’s deadliest enemy: mosquitoes. We’re modifying our ultra-low volume sprayers to more efficiently apply adulticide while maintaining high accuracy. We are also developing new tools to help monitor and treat catch basins, a plentiful and hidden breeding ground for mosquitoes.
These are just a few examples of the innovation and effort that helps Sarasota County Mosquito Management maintain its reputation as a world-class program.
Sarasota County Mosquito Management is dedicated to the principles of Integrated Pest Management which emphasize practices that ensure a healthy ecosystem for humans, animals and insects.
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 baited 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.