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More rain, more mosquitoes

Posted On: June 1, 2018

Saturated soil from continuous rainfall plus subtropical storm Alberto brought a deluge of biting mosquitoes to Volusia County. Coastal residents are experiencing a notable increase in aggressive salt marsh mosquitoes.

Volusia County Mosquito Control is responding as quickly as possible by air and ground to resolve the situation. Staff is out in full force, treating production areas, managing production sites in tidal wetlands, clearing ditches, and stocking areas with minnows.

Residents affected by biting mosquitoes can submit an online service request form at www.volusia.org/mosquito. Residents of incorporated Deltona, DeBary, Orange City, Lake Helen, DeLand and Pierson should call their city to submit a request.

Spray operations for adult mosquitoes are planned after sunset, weather permitting. Residents can learn the locations of spray operations by visiting www.volusia.org/mosquito or following @VCEmergencyInfo on Twitter.

How can you fight the bite? Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so it’s best to avoid outdoor activities at these times. If you must go outside, wear long pants, long sleeves and shoes with socks. Apply mosquito repellent to clothing and exposed skin, and use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months.  

As the area begins to dry out, remaining pockets of standing water become prime habitats for the pesky, and sometimes disease-carrying, insects. Mosquitoes also thrive in water trapped in containers such as buckets, tires, kiddie pools, bird baths and clogged gutters.

“We’re doing everything we can to treat the standing water on the ground during the day and adult mosquitoes at night,” said Sue Bartlett, interim director of Volusia County Mosquito Control. “You can help by doing your part around your home to control mosquitoes.”

Bartlett offers these suggestions:

  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and broken appliances.
  • Turn over empty pots and buckets.
  • Replace the water in birdbaths and pet dishes at least once a week.
  • Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters.
  • Pick up beverage containers and cups.
  • Drain water from boats and tarps.
  • Cover windows and doors with screens.
  • Maintain the proper chemistry in swimming pools, and empty plastic pools when not in use.

Visit volusia.org/mosquito and click on "Tips on mosquito protection."