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Mission Statement


To achieve and maintain levels of control of mosquitoes and other insects of public health or nuisance importance to protect human health and safety and improve the quality of life of people, promote economic development of the county, and facilitate enjoyment of its natural attractions by reducing the number of pestiferous and disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Fighting misquotes through source reduction


FY 2017-2018 Accomplishments

  • Our state-certified and licensed personnel implement integrated mosquito management, or IMM, measures, including source reduction, biological control, and chemical applications to control mosquitoes without an unreasonable adverse effect on the environment, as per Chapter 388, Florida statutes. Chapter 5E-13, Florida Administrative Code, regulates this division’s operations and management.
  • Mosquito Control responded to 630 service requests, averaging less than 24 hours response time from the initial call to on-site inspection performed.
  • Continued to emphasize public education and public awareness, along with improved surveillance and species identification, development of bio-rational alternatives, use of existing facility to secure and to maintain vehicle safety and chemical efficacy, and focused management of domestic mosquito impacts as both nuisance and public health mosquito-borne disease risks may be concerned.
  • With the continued concern of the Zika virus nationwide, Mosquito Control implemented additional trapping methods with the BG-Sentinel Lure Traps, which have a main purpose of attracting the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the container breeding mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus.
  • In compliance with state regulations and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System regulations, the division achieves and maintains the control of mosquitoes on a countywide basis in a manner consistent with the protection of the environmental and the ecological integrity of all lands and waters.
  • Programs of source reduction, biocontrol, and surveillance enhance IMM best practices:
    • Biological – use of mosquito fish as larval predators
    • Chemical – use of bio-rational control and internal growth regulator larvicides
    • Physical – promote draining and dumping of containers that may hold water to breed mosquito larval forms and hatch into flying adults
    • Mosquito control technicians’ activities included:
      • Service requests received and responded to: 630
      • Independent field inspections: 6,543
      • Larvicide applications: 1,673 with 459 acres treated
      • CDC light traps and BG Sentinel Trap missions: 167
      • Biological control methods (Gambusia fish installations): 175
      • Acres treated by adulticide: 48,708
 

 

Mosquito Control Staff


48,708

Acres treated

630

Service requests responded to

6,543

Independent field inspections