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Heavy rain, warm weather usher in mosquitoes

Posted On: June 18, 2019

The torrential rains that doused Volusia County in early June helped to green up our lawns and replenish our water supply, but the after-effects are on their way – in swarms.

“Based on field surveillance data, we anticipate a large increase of the adult mosquito populations this week, especially along the coast near the salt marsh areas,” said Volusia County Mosquito Control Director Suzanne Bartlett. “These mosquitoes are traveling with the wind into populated areas and will bite during the day and night.” 

The most affected areas include Oak Hill, Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach.
 

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 larval production sites in the marsh by helicopter and boat. Trucks are spraying after sunset to treat adult populations.

For prompt service, residents may submit requests for service and view scheduled areas for treatment at volusia.org/mosquito. Missions are also posted on Twitter; follow @VCNewsInfo.

Residents of incorporated Deltona, DeBary, Orange City, Lake Helen, DeLand and Pierson should call their city to submit a request. Contact information for city representatives is available at volusia.org/mosquito.

“With our neighborhood domestic inspections, we have also been finding large quantities of mosquitoes breeding around homes in various types of containers,” Bartlett said. “There are steps you can take around your home to reduce these pesky daytime biters.”

The most important thing is to remove standing water from your yard because mosquito larvae can survive in containers as small as a bottle cap. Start by cleaning up your yard and gutters, draining water from containers such as children’s toys and plastic pools, and changing the water in your birdbaths and pet bowls at least once a week. More information can be found by visiting volusia.org/mosquito and clicking on "Tips on mosquito protection."

Another key step is to protect yourself and your family by using an EPA approved repellent. For more suggestions, visit the Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevent-mosquito-bites.html

Volusia County Mosquito Control can be reached at 386-424-2420.