Manatee County Mosquito Control District: Providing a Public Service While Protecting the Environment

We are your trusted partner in comprehensive mosquito control solutions, dedicated to making your living spaces safe and enjoyable.

Manatee County Mosquito Control District: Providing a Public Service While Protecting the Environment

We are your trusted partner in comprehensive mosquito control solutions, dedicated to making your living spaces safe and enjoyable.

Manatee County Mosquito Control District: Providing a Public Service While Protecting the Environment

We are your trusted partner in comprehensive mosquito control solutions, dedicated to making your living spaces safe and enjoyable.

Manatee County Mosquito Control District: Providing a Public Service While Protecting the Environment

We are your trusted partner in comprehensive mosquito control solutions, dedicated to making your living spaces safe and enjoyable.

Manatee County Mosquito Control District: Providing a Public Service While Protecting the Environment

We are your trusted partner in comprehensive mosquito control solutions, dedicated to making your living spaces safe and enjoyable.

Our Operations

Manatee County MCD follows the principals of “Integrated Mosquito Management” (IMM) which involves considering the species of mosquito being targeted (there are almost 50 species present in Manatee County) and then utilizing a combination of the most efficacious available control methods while also minimizing the potential for impacts on the human population and the environment.

Source Reduction

All mosquitoes require a species-specific aquatic habitat in order to complete their life-cycle. By modifying habitats (ditches, swamps and storm water drainage systems) or removing them completely (backyard water-holding containers) we can permanently eliminate the problem.

Larviciding

This technique targets the aquatic stages of mosquitoes, “larvae”, while they are still concentrated in their specific habitats, immobile and highly susceptible. This might be as simple as hand application of products to backyard containers, treating of roadside ditches with a truck-mounted sprayer, or helicopter applications to large and inaccessible swamps.

Adulticiding

From hand-held sprayers to trucks and even helicopters, District personnel will target adult mosquitoes based on the size and scope of the problem, be it a single backyard, a whole neighborhood or a region of the county spanning many square miles.

Surveillance

Knowledge of the mosquito species present, their numbers relative to “normal” historical averages and the mosquito-borne disease threat level they pose are all factors that need to be considered before planning mosquito control operations.

Research

The district is always trying to improve its operations to make them more efficacious and less intrusive. The research team investigates the susceptibility of various mosquito species from different areas to ensure they are not becoming resistant to our products. They also conduct research on novel methods and improving existing methods to ensure our operations employ the most up to date technologies and products.

Spraying Schedule

Mosquito spraying is only conducted when there is a documented need, based on mosquito population surveillance or observations by a mosquito control inspector. It is not conducted on a routine basis or for one or two mosquitoes. These records show the spraying history for an area, with upcoming planned spray missions also being displayed on a map.

Public Education

Mosquitoes, including their biology and behavior and the methods used to control them, are technical subjects not always understood by the public. District personnel provide opportunities for the public to learn from them, including the safety of our methods and what the public can do to help in these efforts to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Request Service

If you are experiencing a mosquito problem, please contact the district through our web-based service request form or by contacting the office at 941-981-3895.

Welcome to the Manatee County Mosquito Control District

We are a local-government based organization created in 1947 for the sole purpose of providing mosquito control services to the citizens of Manatee County. All operational activities are science-based using industry accepted best management practices to provide relief from both disease-vectoring and pestiferous mosquitoes while also minimizing the potential for impacts on the natural environment.

If you are experiencing mosquito problems, please contact the district through our web-based service request form or by calling the office at 941-981-3895.

Meet the Team

Christopher Lesser

Director

Ralph Garrison

Board of Commissioners

Tim Matthews

Board of Commissioners

Mike Daugherty

Board of Commissioners

Meet the members from all departments