MOSQUITO HOTLINE: 1-800-203-6485
Please feel free to contact the mosquito control vendor, Clarke Mosquito Control, directly with any issues you are having with mosquitoes in your area.
One of the services a CDD is permitted to provide to its residents is mosquito control, which Celebration CDD provides on a daily basis to enhance and increase the service levels that would otherwise be provided by Osceola County. The District currently has a contract with Clarke Mosquito Control to provide these services, which include spraying for adult mosquitoes at dusk; larviciding along roadways, paths and water edges to prevent larva from becoming adult mosquitoes; and taking landing-rate counts and light trap counts to monitor mosquito activity. Click on the Spraying Schedule link for an estimated schedule when Clarke is on site spraying in the evenings.
INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION RELATED TO MOSQUITOES:
- Mosquito Biology
- Mosquito Reports
- Mosquito-Borne Diseases
- Spraying Concerns
- Spraying Schedule
- Types of Mosquitoes
- Commonly Asked Questions About Mosquito Control
- Mankind’s Battle with the Mosquito
- Reacting to Zika without Overreacting
QUESTIONS REGARDING THE CURRENT SPRAYING PROGRAM
The Celebration CDD has not changed any practices as to mosquito spraying. All the spraying is done based on the trap counts. The machines are flowing about the same level per acre that they always have. The start times are roughly the same as they always have been. While the need for spraying will decrease somewhat during the colder winter months, Clarke is always on site performing counts and spraying as warranted.
If anyone would like further information, please contact us at 407-566-1935 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM
Several residents have expressed a concern about the effect of long-term exposure to the insecticide used within Celebration. Our mosquito control program is in full compliance with EPA and State of Florida guidelines. However, if any resident has a similar concern, the spraying schedule is posted on the website for your convenience. You can reduce your risk of inhalation of the mosquito spray by remaining inside during the time they are scheduled to be in your neighborhood. In addition, if any resident desires that we not spray in the immediate vicinity of your house, please provide your request to the District office, and our contractor will put your address on a “no spray” list.
- Ability to enjoy outdoor dining, walking on the sidewalks and trails, and generally enjoying other outdoor community activities in the evenings
- Reduced risk of mosquito-borne illnesses
YOU CAN HELP
- Eliminate areas that collect water, or change the water every two days, such as in a pet’s water dish, flower pots, birdbath, buckets, or child’s swimming pool
- Store items inside if they are not being used to prevent them being a source for standing water
- Irrigate lawns carefully to prevent water from standing for several days
- Check your air conditioner and outside faucets for leaks
- Repair holes in screens and keep doors and windows closed
- Wear appropriate insect repellant and/or keep skin covered when outdoors during active mosquito hours
MOSQUITO "FUN" FACTS
- Mosquitoes are known from as far back as the Triassic Period, 400 million years ago. They are known from North America from the Cretaceous, 100 million years ago.
- There are about 2,700 species of mosquito. There are 176 species in the United States.
- The average mosquito weighs about 2.5 milligrams.
- The average mosquito takes in about five-millionths of a liter of blood during feeding.
- Mosquitoes find hosts by sight (they observe movement), by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies, and by chemical signals (mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid, among other chemicals) at distances of 25 to 35 meters.
- Mosquitoes fly an estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
- Salt marsh mosquitoes can migrate up to 40 miles for a meal.
- Bigger people are often more attractive to mosquitoes because they are larger targets and they produce more mosquito attractants, namely CO2and lactic acid.
- Active or fidgety people also produce more CO2 and lactic acid.
- Women are usually more attractive to mosquitoes than men because of the difference in hormones produced by the sexes.
- Blondes tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes than brunettes.
- Smelly feet are attractive to mosquitoes, as is Limburger Cheese.
- Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes.
- Movement increased mosquito biting up to 50% in some research tests.
- A full moon increased mosquito activity 500% in one study
(from the American Mosquito Control Association website, www.mosquito.org)