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Control Tips

 
Fight the Bite to Prevent the Spread Print Version

Rid the wigglers - lose the larvae
Practice good "mosquito hygiene" around your home.

  • Remove standing water in old tires, buckets, drums, or any other containers.

  • Check clogged gutters and flat roofs that may have poor drainage.

  • Cover barrels and trash containers tightly with a lid or with 16-mesh screen.

  • Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week. Store them indoors when not in use.

  • Store boats covered or upside down.

  • Level the ground around your home so water can run off. (Check with your local ordinances before changing the face of your property in any way).

  • Fill in holes or depressions near your home that collect water.

  • Many types of plants and trees can hold water, such as bromeliads. Since removing the water is difficult from vegetation, treat with products containing the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis, var. israelensis. For more information on bromeliads and mosquitoes, click here.

  • Fill in tree holes and hollow stumps that hold water.

  • Stock your ornamental water garden with mosquito-eating fish (e.g. minnows, Gambusia spp., goldfish, or guppies).

  • Repair screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

"Zappers"
Some mosquito control methods do not do a very good job. For example, bug zappers do not work well to control biting mosquitos since they do not emit carbon dioxide. Various birds and bats will eat mosquitos, but there is little evidence that this cuts down on the number of mosquitos around homes. Electronic mosquito repelling devices don't stop mosquitos biting people either.

 

Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
    While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito populations learn how you can protect yourself and reduce your exposure to mosquitoe-borne diseases. [PDF]
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Summer 2016 for highlights on ERM's latest projects, program updates, and upcoming events. [LINK]
  • Ana Cecilia, the county's newest artificial reef
    Check out some footage from above and below the water as the Ana Cecilia made her final journey to become a marine sanctuary and a lasting tribute to local community members missing and lost at sea.[LINK]
  • Algal Bloom Information and Reporting
    Visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's information and reporting web page regarding algal blooms in local waterways. In addition, algal blooms can be reported by telephone (855) 305-3903.[LINK]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon E-News
    Read the latest edition May 2016 for highlights on the Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, restoration projects, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Scavenger Hunts
    Are available at several natural areas for youngsters to complete to receive their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
  • ERM's Status Reports
    Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]