The blood-suckers are back in a bad way.
After all the recent rains, the Pinellas County Mosquito Control saw calls for help quadruple to 400 in the past month alone. The Tampa Bay area is particularly susceptible because of its proximity to water.
That makes it a prime breeding ground for floodwater and salt-marsh mosquitoes.
So we are under siege, especially with still relevant threats of the Zika and West Nile viruses heightening concern.
Your local Mosquito Control can help, but only if you provide, via phone or online, with specific information about the insect infestation on your property including:
- Where on your property were you bitten?
- What time of day were you bitten?
There are over eighty mosquito species in Florida. Each has different traits and varying breeding habits. Complaints to Mosquito Control are often vague and unhelpful.
Make sure your property's gates and fences are unlocked as Mosquito Control workers need access to your entire yard. They cannot get rid of the insects if they cannot reach them.
Pinellas Country Mosquito Control promises to respond to your request in 24 hours.
For contact info: www.pinellascounty.org/resident/mosquito_control.htm
If you live in other counties, visit your appropriate Mosquito Control Board's website to get help:
Hillsborough County Mosquito Control: www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/property-owners-and-renters/mosquito-control
Pasco County Mosquito Control: www.pascomosquito.org/oldsite/
Manatee County Mosquito Control: www.manateemosquito.com
- Polk County Mosquito Control: www.polk-county.net/boccsite/County-Services/Natural-Resources/Mosquito-Control/