Mosquito control attempts to safely and economically control mosquitoes to a safe and tolerable level, therefore reducing the risk of mosquito borne disease and the nuisance level to acceptable/safe conditions. The primary focus is on reducing the viral risk and the operational emphasis is on habitat reduction/elimination and larval control. The ultra low volume (ULV) spraying is used only as needed for the control of adult mosquitoes.
Can I as a homeowner make a difference in the mosquito population in my area?
YES! There are certain mosquito species that tend to breed in artificial containers, tires and tree holes, and stay close to humans for a ready blood meal available. As a result, it does not need to leave the area to complete the process of repopulating. Even small quantities of water can provide an ample breeding opportunity for these species.
When do you spray?
Spraying is conducted at night during the most effective time for most species. Spraying will be conducted when surveillance data indicates a need to control mosquito numbers and/or to lessen the risk of disease.
How safe are the pesticides being used?
The primary pesticides used in the larval control operations have very low human/mammalian toxicity and most are very environmentally friendly. Most are toxins produced by bacteria and are very specific to mosquitoes while in the larval stage. The pesticides used to control the adult mosquitoes also have very low human/mammalian toxicity and have been used for many years. Most are "synthetic pyrethroids" which are man-made pesticides that mimic a natural product made from chrysanthemum plants.
Is there a human vaccine against West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis?
No, but several companies are working towards developing a vaccine for both.
Is there an equine vaccine against West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis?
Yes, vaccines are available for both types of encephalitis. Your local veterinarian will have more information in regards to these vaccines.