Help Keep Mosquitoes from Spreading the Zika Virus!
The fight against the Zika virus requires a community effort. Business owners, residents, municipalities, healthcare professionals, governmental organizations…everyone can help!
What is Zika?
The Zika virus is carried by a species of mosquito called Aedes aegypti. This type of mosquito, called a container mosquito, needs very little water to breed, can breed indoors and outdoors, bites day or night, and can cause severe birth defects such as microcephaly to unborn children of pregnant women.
How you can help
Tip! Toss! Treat!
TIP containers holding standing water around your property to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats. Pet bowls, children's toys, small pools, etc. should be emptied every three days.
TOSS unneeded items that can hold water such as old tires, palm fronds or old planters.
TREAT bromeliads or any larger items that can't be tipped, such as bird baths and rain barrels with larvicide containing Bti or Spinosad.
You'll find a printable reminder of what you should look for and the best way to reduce mosquito habitats here
Recommended larvicide for consumers
Aedes aegypti larvicide products last between seven and 60 days, depending upon the product type. These products are available online, at local home improvement and hardware stores, and wherever pest control products are sold. Check the product labels for specifics regarding the type of habitat for which they are most suitable, and the duration of effectiveness. Products are in the form of briquettes, tablets or granules that contain either Bti or Spinosad which are natural larvicides safe for pets, birds, beneficial insects and the ecosystem. Some brand names include Natular G, DT and XRT, MosquitoDunks®, Mosquito Bits® and Bonide Mosquito Beater®.
If you need assistance identifying breeding habitats around your property, or would like your property sprayed, please contact the Broward County Mosquito Control Division at 954-765-4062, or email us
is the product of choice when the County sprays for the mosquito that carries Zika. This larvicide is an organic product not harmful to humans, pets, bees, acquatic areas, or environmentally sensitive areas. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti
, strain AM65-52), a naturally occurring, biodegradabe biological, certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)and is registered for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, VectoBac WDG has been reviewed by the World Health Organization and is listed as a recommended formulation for control of mosquito larvae.
About the Zika Virus
The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus, has been confirmed in travelers who recently visited Latin America. There are no locally acquired cases in Broward County at this time. The Mosquito Control Section of the Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division is working in conjunction with the Florida Health Department to monitor any suspected cases of the virus.
The Zika virus is a flavivirus, part of the same family as yellow fever, West Nile, chikungunya and dengue. Symptoms of the virus include fever, rash, and joint pain. Zika virus is spread through the bite of the Aedes aegypti species mosquito. Pregnant women should take particular care to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, as the Zika virus causes birth defects in unborn children. All residents are urged to protect themselves when outdoors by wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants, and using mosquito repellent containg DEET, PICARIDIN OR IR3535.
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