After an excessively long dry season, the summer rainy season arrived in Osceola County and brought consistent drenching rains on nearly a daily basis. With heavy consistent rains comes an increase in the mosquito population and the need for proper management.
Osceola County Mosquito Control is beginning its aerial spraying of approximately 20,000 acres tonight, Wednesday July 6th, between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight for the following communities:
- Yeehaw Junction
- Deer Park
- St Cloud Manor
- Pine Grove
In the event weather prohibits aerial treatment, alternate days will be July 7th through July 15th, within the same timeframe. Mosquito Control will continue to provide ground treatment via spray truck throughout the County as weather permits. Note: Ground treatments are not conducted when it is raining or if the winds are at 10 miles per hour or greater.
Aerial spraying is important in controlling the mosquito population, as the insects pose a public health risk.<
The residents of Osceola County can do their part in mosquito control by checking rain gutters and other objects in their yards and around their homes for standing water, and by flushing out birdbaths every three days. For outdoor nighttime activities, the use of insect repellent containing DEET is recommended, as well as wearing long sleeves and pants. When returning indoors, be sure to wash off the insect repellent.
- Don’t go outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active.
- DRESS to cover bare skin, with long sleeves and pants
- Use mosquito repellants containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-ethylbenzamide) on skin and clothing. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are other repellent options. Always read the manufacturer’s directions carefully before using a repellant, and make sure the repellant is age appropriate.
- DUMP any container around your home that is able to hold water
If you would like to log a service request, please contact Mosquito Control at 407-742-0200. Please provide your name, phone number and address, and staff will perform a site inspection of the area to determine treatment options.