Mission: To provide an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for mosquitoes and other arthropods of public health importance based upon a surveillance system targeting both nuisance and disease-important mosquito species. We will strive to meet the expectations of our constituents and ensure that the IPM program engenders a rigorous safety program that takes into account the needs of our personnel, our constituents and our environment. At all times, our IPM program will follow state law, regulations and standards.
Requesting mosquito service
To request mosquito service, residents of Deltona, DeBary, Orange City, Lake Helen, DeLand and Pierson should call their designated city mosquito liaison. Residents of Eagle Rock Ranch and Plantation Bay associations should contact their representative, who will in turn communicate with Volusia County Mosquito Control about services.
All other county residents can request service online or by calling 386-424-2920 in New Smyrna Beach or 386-239-6516 in Daytona Beach.
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How do we limit mosquito populations?
Modern mosquito control, as it is performed by Volusia County’s Mosquito Control Division, utilizes Integrated Pest
Management (IPM) concepts and methodology. IPM is based on ecological, economic and social criteria and integrates
multidisciplinary methodologies into effective management strategies to protect public health and the environment and
improve quality of life. IPM strategies include the use of insecticides labeled for mosquito control.
Other vital strategies include source reduction, or water management, which incorporates physical control methodologies such as digging or clearing ditches to keep water sources flowing. Biological control methodologies also are utilized and include the placement of mosquito fish (Gambusia) in water bodies to eat mosquito larvae. Volusia County Mosquito Control has a rearing facility to facilitate this strategy.
Insecticides may be applied to control mosquito larvae (larvicides) and adults (adulticides). Applications of larvicides and adulticides are made only after the presence of a specific mosquito threshold has been determined through surveillance. Many of the applications performed by Volusia County Mosquito Control personnel employ biorational materials and methodologies such as the use of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bti), Bacillus sphaericus (Bs) and spinosad. Spinosad, a mosquito larvicide, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and can be applied in areas where organic production takes place.