Mosquito Surveillance

Ways You Can Help

Santa Rosa County Mosquito Control (SRCMC) utilizes a number of surveillance methods: 

  • Service requests by telephone from the public in response to nuisance mosquitoes
  • Trapping and identification of mosquitoes
  • Preparation of samples for testing by the Public Health Entomology Research Center Laboratory
  • Mapping and collection data on mosquitoes and mosquito borne diseases

Around Your Home: Yard Assessment

If mosquitoes are especially bad in your yard but not down the street, and you have remedied every known mosquito problem within your yard, we can assist you in locating possible sites that may be commonly overlooked.

Around the County: Mosquito Identification

A network of 18 trap sites for collecting mosquitoes are used to determine what kind and how many mosquitoes occur in Santa Rosa County, this information is used to direct and evaluate control methods along with monitoring the number of citizens service request in spray areas. Santa Rosa County Mosquito Control is assisted by the Public Health Entomology Research Center Laboratory for the testing of mosquitoes for possible mosquito-born diseases. Test results provided by the PHEREC help us determine the frequency of our mosquito fog truck operations.

Source Reduction: Locating and Removing the Problem

The most effective way for the public to prevent exposure to mosquito borne diseases involves self-protection (taking measures to avoid being bitten, e.g., using DEET and other proven insect repellents, protective clothing, staying inside at dawn / dusk, etc.). The public can also take actions such as eliminating potential mosquito breeding areas (i.e. emptying gutters or containers in the yard that accumulate water).

Be Attentive to the Landscaping

Various landscaping retains water within the leaves and can actually provide a haven for hatching mosquito larva. Choosing an alternative plant or locating it in non-congregating area may be beneficial.

Mosquito Patrol Your Yard

Mosquitoes can hatch from anywhere that holds water. You can help alleviate mosquitoes around your by patrolling for locations holding water. Common areas around a home that may serve as a source for hatching mosquito larvae include:

Location Solution
Bird Baths
Flush at least once a week
Boats Cover or turn upside down
Flush to remove larvae
Debris on Roofs
Remove debris
Drainage Ditches
Remove vegetation and obstructions to water flow
Low Spots That Hold Water
Fill and regrade
Old Tires
Remove or cover
Pet Dishes
Change water frequently
Plugged Roof Gutters
Keep gutters clean
Ponds Keep clean, stock with minnows
Poorly Maintained Ponds
Follow recommended maintenance
Potted Plants with Pans
Don't overwater, remove pan if possible
Trash Piles
Remove or cover
Tree Holes
Fill with sand or concrete
Water Holding Containers
Remove or cover