There are many great things about Florida but mosquitoes aren’t one of them. And although mosquitoes in coastal areas like ours carry a very low risk of transmitting disease to humans, concerns about Zika, West Nile, and other viruses do exist. In addition, mosquitoes pose a relatively high risk to dogs and cats because of their ability to transmit heartworms. Hillsborough County sprays by ground and air to manage both larval and adult mosquito populations.
To avoid potential over spraying, Hillsborough County only sprays for mosquitoes in areas experiencing significant issues. In addition to tracking counts in mosquito traps, the County also relies on citizens like us to raise concerns when mosquitoes get out of control. We think the approach makes sense, but it requires us to remain aware of our responsibility and to take action accordingly.
Mosquito problems may be localized depending on surrounding vegetation and other factors. The first thing to do is destroy their breeding habitat. (See the tips below.)
If you continue to face problems, please give the County a call. They will send a technician to your property to evaluate the environment and spray the exterior landscape of your home as needed. Contact Hillsborough County Public Works at 813.635.5400 for service. Alternatively, you may submit an online request.
Another longer-term solution is to protect and increase bat habitats.
Reduce mosquito breeding by following these simple steps:
For more information, call (813) 635-5400 or visit HillsboroughCounty.org/Mosquito