Efforts to control the prolific onset of salt marsh mosquitoes through aerial spraying will take place this evening, Sunday May 14th, after 10:30 PM, when Skyvan airplanes will treat areas of Marco Island with Anvil. The Henderson Creek area will also be treated after 10:30 PM tonight, with Dibrom.
Collier Mosquito Control District has reassured the public that although these mosquitoes are aggressive biters, they are not carriers of the Zika virus. However there is a danger to dogs, as the pests are capable of carrying canine heartworm.
This mosquito can travel dozens of miles on wind currents as the brood comes up out of remote mangrove and swamp areas, which explains why residents throughout Collier County are experiencing these pests in such great numbers.
Collier Mosquito Control District treatment missions are being done on a triage basis by targeting the highest populations of the pests in a sequential manner. Their surveillance program has indicated the salt marsh mosquito numbers are quite high throughout the southern portions of Collier County.
“The recent high tides have flooded numerous mangrove areas in the southern part of Collier County, and the salt marsh mosquito population has simply exploded,” says Dr. Mark Clifton, the District’s research entomologist. “Some long-time residents are reporting these mosquito swarms are the heaviest they’ve seen in over a decade, and we’ve received reports from boaters encountering them 12 miles off shore.”
The District monitors the number of mosquitoes through its surveillance program, which determines the treatments to be scheduled.
“During the past few weeks, we have aggressively applied larvicides throughout the district to target mosquito larvae, but we don’t treat the uninhabited parks and lands to our south, which is where they are originating” explains Clifton. “For every female that emerged from those regions, she likely laid hundreds of eggs so we anticipate their population to be quite prolific.”
Visit www.cmcd.org or get the mobile app to report nuisance mosquitoes and sign up to receive notifications (by email or text message) of treatments scheduled for your area. For more information, follow Collier Mosquito Control District on Facebook.