Martin County Mosquito Control FAQs about Zika: Aerial spray map here

 


This interactive web map application indicates the mosquito spray zones that will be sprayed each day. It allows the public to view the currently active spray zones and to determine the spray zone of a particular address. For questions or concerns, call 288-5657 between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday or submit an Request For Service. Spray schedule may change due to changes in weather conditions:   http://mcgov.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2d9175e88c4a4a50a245e57d42d0e1bd

 

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

progresses.

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,

weather-dependent: http://mcgov.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2d9175e88c4a4a50a245e57d42d0e1bd

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

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