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St. Lucie County Announces Fight The Bite: Kid’s Mosquito Poster Contest Winners
St. Lucie County’s Mosquito Control District is pleased to announce that Chloe Padon, age 17 of Fort Pierce, is the Grand Prize winner for the 2019-2020 Mosquito Awareness poster contest.
Three local judges selected Padon’s design, which depicts a larger-than-life mosquito in a boxing ring attempting to fight off mosquito repellent, with a banner flying above proclaiming “Fight the Bite!” The poster will serve as the official 2019-2020 poster of the St. Lucie Mosquito Control District and be displayed throughout St. Lucie County.
Gavrielle Alberts, age 15 of Port St. Lucie, was awarded Second Place overall. Her design included a mosaic surrounding tips for citizens on how to keep mosquitos at bay.
The poster contest was held to celebrate Mosquito Control Awareness Week, established by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). The week is designated to educate residents about the significance of mosquito control districts in their daily lives and the important public health service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.
Established in 1926, the St. Lucie Mosquito Control District covers 301 square miles, including both Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie. The district is overseen by its by the Board of County Commissioners, who also serve as the Mosquito Control District Board, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control. The district manages more than 4,300 acres of coastal salt marshes, using water control practices that mimic natural tidal inundation processes during managed and unmanaged periods. In addition, a variety of other practices are used to control mosquitoes, known as an Integrated Mosquito Management plan. Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) is a comprehensive mosquito prevention/control strategy that utilizes all available mosquito control methods, singly or in combination, to exploit the known vulnerabilities of mosquitoes in order to reduce their numbers to tolerable levels, while maintaining a quality environment.
The St. Lucie Mosquito Control District is located at 3150 Will Fee Road in Fort Pierce, and can be reached at 772-462-1692. Residents can find current information such as fogging schedules at the St. Lucie Mosquito Control District webpage, found at www.stlucieco.gov/mosquito.