Mosquito Control

Mission Statement:
To provide the citizens of Gulf County with a detailed integrated mosquito control program to promote public health and an enhanced quality of life through the suppression and control of viral and pestiferous mosquitoes using proven and innovative methods provided by our dedicated and educated technicians.
 
Motto:
To be accountable to the Board of County Commissioners and the public; to ensure protection of environmental concerns; to ensure a rigorous pesticide safety program for employees and the public; to comply with all state and federal law regulations and standards, and compile required records of activities.


Integrated Pest Management Program:
  1. Surveillance
    • (12) CDC Light Traps distributed around county (Required for justification to spray)
    • Landing Rate Counts (by licensed Inspectors) Required for justification to spray
    • Sentinel Chicken Program- (5) sites in county where weekly testing for West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Highlands J Virus take place. (This program has been suspended due to budget restraints.)
    • Visual inspection counts-(performed by licensed inspectors) Required for justification to spray
    • Stable Flies (Dog Flies): Aerial spray applications for dog flies along the Gulf County beaches have been suspended by the State until further notice.      
  2. Inspections
    • Public Phone Calls:  We use public phone calls to initiate an inspection of the immediate area from where the phone call originated.  From there we perform State approved surveillance, assess areas of concern for mosquito breeding sites, check for living larva/pupae, document our findings and inform the property owner.
  3. Larval Control
    • Biological
    • Chemical
    • Gambusia (mosquito fish)                                                             
  4. Adult Control
    • (4) ULV ground applicators from pickup trucks
    • (1) ULV ground applicator from ATV
  5. Education
    • Educational Mosquito Awareness program geared toward Middle School students in Gulf County.
    • Printed materials available at GCMC for eliminating standing water around your residence
    • Informative links about mosquitoes and arthropod borne disease (Coming Soon!!)
  6. Source Reduction

    • This part of our program is closely connected with Gulf County Public Works Department.  We work closely with this invaluable department to eliminate areas determined to be mosquito-breeding sites within the county. 
    • Maintaining ditches with proper grade to allow run-off water to be moving and filling in ditches that are too deep are examples of how our departments work together to accomplish a common goal.
  7. Herbicide
    • Target certain aquatic weeds that provide protection and, in certain species, oxygen for the larvae. (Coming Soon!!)
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Contact Info:  
Mark Cothran-Director                                                     

Karen Collinsworth and Sherry Paul-

Staff Assistant 

Austin Horton - Mosquito Inspector I
Charles Toney - Mosquito Inspector I

Phone: 850-227-1401                                       Fax: 850-229-9521   

Email: mosquito@gulfcounty-fl.gov

Mailing Address:                                                1001 10th Street                                                 Port St. Joe, Florida  32456

Related Links:             www.floridamosquito.org
www.mosquito.org
 





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