What is Mosquito Control doing about the mosquito-borne dengue fever?
Broward Mosquito Control has been treating the county aggressively for mosquitoes and because of wind conditions will go door-to-door with backpacks instead of spraying from trucks or planes, concentrating in the south portions of the county. We know where the areas are with the types of mosquitoes that carry dengue and we will treat those more aggressively. The mosquitoes are the type found in neighborhoods as opposed to wooded areas. Broward residents are encouraged to be diligent about draining any standing water near their houses. Broward Mosquito Control has been working six days a week to control the population.
- The mosquitoes that spread Dengue fever are the same type that transmit the Zika virus.
- This mosquito is the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which breeds in small containers, even as small as a bottlecap of water.
- We have adopted aggressive, preventative measures that keep the populations of these mosquitoes in check by having crews during the day and at night.
- We have augmented mosquito control staff with roadway maintenance staff that have been cross-trained in mosquito control work.
- We are working closely with the Health Department.
- We are constantly monitoring the mosquito population for increases in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and quickly treating potential breeding sites by having over 100 mosquito surveillance traps throughout the County.
- We use our spray technology to spray an organic larvicide that kills the larvae of the mosquito before it can grow into an adult mosquito that can fly and bite.
- This larvicide is not harmful to humans, pets, bees, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas. Residents and business owners should walk around and look for standing water in containers, plant pots, bromeliads, drains.
- Broward County residents can request Mosquito Control Services, which are free to Broward County residents, by calling 311 and requesting a free inspection of their property to determine areas that may be conducive to mosquito breeding.