Help Prevent the Spread of West Nile Virus!
The Florida Department of Health has confirmed a case of West Nile Virus in a horse located in northern Broward County. West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that affects birds but can be transmitted to humans and animals, such as horses, through the bite of mosquitoes carrying the virus. Mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus bite during the day and night. People can avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent (formulated with Permethrin, Picaridin, or DEET), by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, and by treating clothing and gear. Protect your horse by making sure it is vaccinated against the virus. When possible, keep your horse stabled and spray it with a horse mosquito repellent that contains Permethrin, Picaridin, or DEET. You can also control the mosquito population around your property by dumping standing water or treating it with mosquito larvicide products available at local home improvement stores. To request Mosquito Control service, please call 311 or submit an 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: