Mosquito Control Efforts to Control Zika
The St. Lucie County Mosquito Control District is working hard to inspect, monitor, trap and abate the mosquito population within the 300-square-mile District. While we cannot eradicate the mosquito and sandfly populations, our primary mission at this time is to mitigate the impacts of the Aedes mosquitoes that can spread diseases such as Zika, dengue fever and chikungunya.
Now that travel-related cases of Zika have been found, the District falls under the Governor’s Emergency Order allowing the Department of Health – the lead agency in the Zika fight – and Mosquito Control to take whatever action is necessary to protect the public health. The chemicals we use to kill adult mosquitoes and larvae are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Florida and are being used by Mosquito Control’s inspection team in a safe but effective manner.
On a regular basis, our inspection team is:
- Inspecting zones daily for mosquito activity
- Treating adult mosquitoes or larvae where found, using backpack sprayers and spreading larvicide
- Distributing information to property owners on mosquito bite prevention methods
- Truck-fogging at nights wherever mosquito breeding is found
It’s important to note that one of the most effective tools for controlling the Aedes mosquitoes is public education about the need to “drain and cover” water-holding containers in your yards. The Aedes mosquitoes are generally a daytime-biting, urban-area species that can breed in bird baths, flower pots, boats, clogged gutters, bromeliads and other water-holding plants and even something as small as a bottle cap. Every few days, especially after heavy rainfalls, please check to make sure to drain anything that has collected water and can therefore become a breeding site.
Also make sure your window screens are in good condition and keep doors and windows closed. When outside, wear pants and long-sleeves whenever possible or apply approved repellent to exposed skin. Everyone can do their part to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases.
On the Mosquito Control home page are several links to important information from the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about mosquito prevention. On the right side of the homepage is information about where fog trucks will be spraying Monday through Friday nights.
If you have questions or concerns about unusually high mosquito activity around your property, please call 772-462-1692 to submit a service request.
PSL Living: Zika Information
with St. Lucie County's Health Department and Mosquito Control staff