Where can I get information about the Zika virus?
The Florida Department of Health Zika Information hotline: (855) 622-6735 or visit http://martin.floridahealth.gov/
Where do “Zika mosquitoes” come from?
At this point in time, there are no known mosquitoes carrying Zika in Martin County. The suspect vector of
Zika virus elsewhere is Aedes aegypti, an invasive species present in Florida that has adapted to live close to
human habitats and prefers to bite humans over animals. The most likely breeding grounds for Aedes
aegypti are small containers, such as flowerpots, and vegetation, such as bromeliads. This species does not
breed in forests, swamps, or flooded swales. It is considered a “domestic” mosquito, thus, the best way to
control this species is by tipping and tossing water-holding containers around your yard.
What can I do to protect myself from mosquito bites?
1. Request an inspection from an Entomological Inspector, who can locate mosquito breeding
locations on your property and provide appropriate treatments: (772) 419-6974
2. Eliminate water sources from around your home such as garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool
covers, boat covers, bird baths, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or
rain water has collected to prevent Aedes aegypti mosquitoes from breeding.
3. Cover skin with clothing or an EPA-registered repellent; always use repellents according to the label.
Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. Cover doors and
windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.
How does Martin County Mosquito Control decide where to spray?
Martin County Mosquito Control is committed to providing excellent service to residents while also
operating within state and federal guidelines and regulations. In terms of mitigating disease risk, we are
immediately notified by the health department of any potential mosquito-borne illness cases, and provide
an intensive and targeted response in these areas. On a daily basis, we collect samples of mosquitoes from
traps all over the county, identify the mosquito species in the laboratory, and then analyze the data to
determine where there is a verifiable increase in the mosquito population over the legal threshold for
treatments. Once we have the surveillance data, we allocate resources and treatments to these areas, and
monitor for the desired result. When you request an inspection, our Entomological Inspectors will inspect
the area to determine the extent of the mosquito problem and if possible take action the resolve the issue.
Some of the solutions include eliminating water sources, treating standing water with larvicide, placing
mosquitofish in fountains or decorative ponds, or spraying adult mosquitoes. Resident complaints are very
helpful in determining where to send inspectors to collect the appropriate surveillance data, but they are
not the sole variable in treatment recommendations.
Martin County Mosquito Control is currently expending all their resources inspecting and spraying for the
Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever. This mosquito is
not found in swales, roadside ditches, lakes or retention ponds so we are currently not inspecting these
areas. We will also be providing a very limited response to saltmarsh mosquito complaints as the season
How can I learn when the fog truck will be in my area?
Search “Mosquito Spraying” on the county website to see a map of where we will be spraying that evening,
Can you send the fog truck down my driveway?
In the interest of the safety of our residents and our drivers, we only operate fog trucks on main roads. The
Ultra-Low Volume application of our fog trucks is designed to spread out in a swath on either side of the
road, meaning we are still able to control mosquitoes without diverting into private drives