Increase in mosquito population throughout Orange County — particularly in Santa Ana — has vector officials on alert

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Lee Mosquito Control Predicts Large Outbreak Post Irma

“We had to pull all of our chickens in, keeping them monitored in an area where they couldn’t get bit by mosquitoes, and they are just going back out in the field, said Redovan.  “So we did have a slight break, but they should be out in the field, most by this week if not by next week so that we should have them ready to let us know if there is virus activity going on.”There aren’t really any safety precautions for residents living in spray areas to take, Clark said, adding there’s no need to close windows or turn off air conditioners.
Since last week, St. Lucie County has had five to 10 trucks out each night, spraying neighborhoods. Most of the work as been in northern portions of the county where rainfall was the highest.

Mosquitoes expected to grow numerous in Irma's wake

Mosquito populations will be high for a few weeks after the hurricane, so you should contact your local mosquito control officials if you have concerns over an infestation in your yard or neighborhood, Kaufman added. Explore further: Hurricane Harvey expected to deliver one-two mosquito punch

“Where the large-scale problem for us will be the flood land areas, both salt and more inland,” said Redovan.  “The salt marshes have enough floodwater that is fresh that the salinity has dropped enough that it can support our freshwater flood mosquitos.  And then you have large areas of floodwater mosquitos coming in Bonita, North Fort Myers and Lehigh, those areas.”Residents can go to or call 471-3107 to enter service requests, but Clark said technicians are currently focused on treating neighborhoods rather than individual properties.

Preventing Mosquito Infestations After Irma

Mosquito populations will be high for a few weeks after the hurricane, so you should contact your local mosquito control officials if you have concerns over an infestation in your yard or neighborhood, Kaufman added.

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The mosquitoes are capable of transmitting dengue fever, chikungunya virus, yellow fever and Zika, the district said. Though the viruses aren’t transmitted locally, someone infected abroad who gets bitten in Orange County could be affected.Mosquito control is a vital public-health practice throughout the world and especially in the tropics because mosquitoes spread many diseases, such as malaria and the Zika virus.

Beat back mosquitos after hurricane Irma

Clark said technicians are out in the field treating mostly for adults mosquitoes at this point, but also for larvae.

Kaufman also recommended using mosquito briquettes to kill immature mosquitoes. The briquettes are available at many stores.

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District officials advise residents to once a week empty containers that hold water, clean and scrub pet bowls weekly, dump water form potted plant saucers and refrain from transporting or sharing plant stems rooted in water.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Mosquito control efforts upped after Irma due to floodwaters

Female mosquitoes need just a teaspoon of standing water to lay eggs, which can survive without water for six months or more. (Credit: Tom Ervin/Getty Images)

A few hours later, he was rushed to the hospital with symptoms that included nausea and aching all over his body. He was hospitalized for a week, and for four days had a 105-degree fever.The Collier County Mosquito Control District is also going to be out spraying for mosquitoes Monday night, mostly in the Golden gates estates area. 

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The spraying is being done by an Arkansas-based firm, Vector Disease Control International, which also is spraying areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

FORT MYERS, Fla. A large mosquito outbreak is predicted in Lee County.

Florida Department of Health officials are warning residents about standing water left by the storm as a thriving environment for mosquitoes.
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Treatments to control adult mosquitoes began Monday and will continue nightly from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. But fully grown mosquitoes may be a continued presence for days before the effects of the treatment take hold, the district said on its website.More: No Zika found in 19,000 mosquitoes tested from throughout Florida, including St. Lucie County

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Those folks whose who weathered Hurricanes Irma and Harvey now have to worry about bugs, a mosquito expert warns that the standing water left behind is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"No container is too small to empty," Phil Kaufman, an entomology professor at the University of Florida, said in a university news release.

“We just don’t have enough helicopters to be able to get out to all the areas that are flooded right now,” said Redovan.  “Our budget just won’t cover that, so that kind of leaves us to our primary tool being the adulticiding which we can do at night and that way there’s less people who would be out and about.”

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