When phoned-in mosquito service requests are confirmed by trap counts of 25 or more mosquitoes per night, per trap, or increased landing rate counts verify an increase in the adult mosquito population, ULV spray trucks are scheduled to be dispatched to the area and surrounding neighborhoods.
Clay County Mosquito Control provides ULV night-time spraying on public property such as roads, playgrounds, etc. and county recognized private roads. We are not permitted to spray private driveways or private property.
We spray between sundown and dawn when most mosquitoes are flying, but most bees have gone safely back inside their hives and butterflies have returned to their resting spots high in the tree tops. Clay County Mosquito Control sprays with an EPA approved, environmentally friendly Permethrin based Aqua Reslin. Permethrin is derived from the oil of Chrysanthemum buds.
All Mosquito Control spray applications are GPS tracked and mapped by truck number, driver, type and amount of chemical used, speed of truck, day of month, time of day.
Public Education and Awareness is Critical to Effective Mosquito Control
Mosquitoes and humans have a long history of interaction. The average flight range of mosquitoes is 1-3 miles. Some species fly over 40 miles from where they hatch, while some will never leave your backyard. Some mosquitoes are active only in the daytime, while most prefer early evenings and dawn. When they are active and what we do to understand and avoid mosquitoes can have consequences. Most of us are familiar with a mosquito bite as a nuisance. Some mosquitoes though carry and transmit diseases to humans and animals. West Nile (WN) virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Dog Heartworm are examples of arboviral mosquito-borne disease. Not at all times – and certainly not all species – are mosquitoes a threat to public health. But sometimes, they are. That’s why you need to know about mosquitoes and to take precautions to avoid their blood-feeding activity. Below are some tips for your information and ways to avoid a mosquito’s attention.
Remember "The 5 D's" of Mosquito Control
- Dusk – avoid outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most actively feeding and flying.
- Dawn – avoid the outdoors when “the light is changing in the sky.”
- DEET– use personal repellents containing this effectively proven ingredient.
- Dress – cover exposed skin to block mosquitoes’ access to your bodies.
- Drain – dump standing water from pails, flowerpot saucers, old tires, toys and other artificial containers.