Manatee and Pinellas County Mosquito Control Divisions Fight The Zika Virus As Washington Fights Over Funding

Author: Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg-Clearwater

There has been an ongoing fight in Washington over what funding to fight the spread of the zika virus should and should not cover. As a result; none of the funding has been approved. That means Florida counties are left to manage the fight themselves.

Regardless of the conversation in Washington; summer is here and now is the time to implement tactics to reduce the population of the mosquitoes that carry the zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Both the Pinellas County Mosquito Control Division and the Manatee County Mosquito Control Division have been out treating public areas with the goal of eliminating breeding grounds and larvae for the aedes aegypti; the mosquito that carries the zika virus and other viruses.

You need to start in your backyard if you want to eliminate the aedes aegyptimosquito!

You don’t have mosquitoes unless you have water. A good mosquito-control program includes eliminating standing water on your property.

Experts agree; most of the aedes aegypti mosquitoes begin their life-cycle in people’s back yards. That is where mosquito control needs to start. You want to eliminate them before they become adults; which is when they start feeding.

“It’s only in people’s backyard where this mosquito would originate.”

- Chris Lesser, assistant director of the Manatee County Mosquito Control Division

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Mosquito Squad’s trained technicians can educate you on how to eliminate the aedes aegypti on your property.

Our technicians are trained to elimante full spectrum of mosquito breeds including the aedes aegypti. Our technicians will walk your property to assess possible breeding grounds. They will put a plan together to help you ensure that your family is protected from mosquitoes and the illnesses they carry.