Dr. Dagne Duguma Named Mosquito Control Manager
We are happy to welcome Dr. Dagne Duguma to the position of Mosquito Control Manager. Dr. Duguma served as Program Manager of the Mosquito and Vector Control Division for Harris County Public Health, Houston, Texas. During his tenure at Harris County, Dr. Duguma led a team of researchers in evaluating and implementing mosquito control and surveillance technologies, and methods for the control of vector-borne diseases. Prior to his employment with Harris County, he served in the position of Assistant Research Professor at the University of Florida’s Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach. There he managed multiple research projects involving mosquito control efficacy on Florida-specific habitats. Dr. Duguma holds a doctoral degree in entomology from the University of California Riverside, a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Arkansas, and a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Hawassa University, Ethiopia.
Tamara Hamilton Promoted to Assistant Mosquito Control Manager
We are also excited to tell you about Tamara Hamilton’s recent promotion to Assistant Mosquito Control Manager/Program Project Coordinator. Ms. Hamilton holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. Previously she worked at Miami-Dade Mosquito Control and was hired in 2018 as a Natural Resources Specialist with Broward County Mosquito Control. She quickly stepped-up to assisting with the operations of the Section, earning the respect of staff through her dedication and efforts to improve larviciding and mosquito surveillance activities.
Through 2020 the Mosquito Control Section proudly and successfully delivered services which were carefully modified to protect residents and staff from the spread of COVID-19, at times addressing 1,000 requests for service per day. This new team will further support the hardworking Mosquito Control staff in providing the residents of Broward County with outstanding mosquito control services.
Mosquito Control Service Requests
For the safety of our residents and employees during the COVID-19 coronavirus health emergency, we are modifying our services to allow for social distancing by temporarily suspending home inspections. Under this modified service, we will continue providing truck-dispersed larvicide and adulticide to control mosquitoes. If you have any questions, please call at 954-765-4062.
Mosquitoes Cannot Transmit the New Coronavirus
Areas of County to be Sprayed to Reduce Mosquito Larvae
The Florida Department of Health in Broward County has confirmed a locally acquired case of West Nile Virus. As a direct response, the Broward County Mosquito Control Section will spray organic larvicide as part of an integrated pest management approach that also includes public outreach, adulticide application and setting mosquito traps. Truck-mounted larviciding will be performed between the hours of 10 PM and 6 AM, weather permitting, August 5-22, 2020. The areas being targeted are portions of Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Davie, and Southwest Ranches.
Residents and business owners are encouraged to survey their properties frequently to remove any standing water in common mosquito habitats such as buckets, tires, planters, bird baths and fountains. By reducing the number of mosquito breeding habitats, residents will reduce the number of adult mosquitoes that could otherwise transmit diseases.
The larvicide being used is
VectoBac WDG. It is not harmful to humans, pets, bees, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas. The active ingredient is
Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM6552), a naturally occurring, biodegradable bacterial mosquito larvicide. It is 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.
Broward County Mosquito Control Section continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health and Code Enforcement partners in Broward's 31 municipalities to reduce the population of mosquitoes and their habitats.
Any Broward County resident experiencing mosquito problems can request service by calling 311 or by completing the online
Mosquito Service Request Form.
Mosquitoes Carry Serious Diseases
You Can Help Prevent Diseases from Spreading!
Help reduced mosquito breeding habitats by eliminating standing water in and around your property. The life cycle of a mosquito is approximately seven days. They can breed in small amounts of water that collect in containers like bottles, cans, cups, buckets, hoses, planters, drains and in plants such as bromeliads. Regularly dump anything that holds water. If it's too large to be dumped, apply larvicide to keep the mosquito larvae from developing. Some mosquitoes, such as the variety that carries the Zika Virus and Yellow Fever,breed indoors and outdoors and bite anytime of the day or night.
Larvicide products last between seven and 60 days, depending upon the product type. They're 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 either briquettes, tablets or granules that contain either Spinosad or Bti, natural larvicides that are safe for pets, birds, beneficial insects and the ecosystem. Some brand names of Spinosad or Bti larvicides are Natular G, DT and XRT, MosquitoDunks®, Mosquito Bits® and Bonide Mosquito Beater®.
If you need help identifying breeding habitats around your property, please contact the Broward County Mosquito Control Division at 954-765-4062.
Broward Takes the “Bite” Out of Mosquito Season
Spring and summer brings frequent, heavy rain to Broward County and rain brings mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can be a public health issue. The County Biologist regularly traps mosquitos, separates them by species and detects any potential viruses. Findings will determine the chemical application to be used and the type of treatment required.
Three Ways to Request Service: