What to do about those pesky mosquitos

We live in an environment that lends itself to mosquito infestation. Mosquito control is crucial, as they can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Encephalitis, Malaria and dog heartworm. The Mosquito Control Division was created over 75 years ago to serve the residents of Miami-Dade County. As a part of the county, City of Sunny Isles Beach residents can call 3-1-1 to report a mosquito nuisance(s). Complaints are typically serviced in one of two ways, depending upon the location and the season of the year:

Inspectors are dispatched to resident’s property when a call comes through the 311 information line. The property and adjacent properties are hand-sprayed with insecticides, if they determine it is needed.

Trucks equipped with sprayers are dispatched if numerous calls are received within one concentrated area.

In addition to these services, Miami Dade County conducts surveillance (Landing Rate Count) on areas deemed significant to mosquito increase.

You can also help with mosquito control by removing breeding sources around your property. Water holding containers such as bird baths, pet water dishes, plant saucers, small children’s pools, boats, and junk such as old tires are ideal breeding spots. Swimming pools that are properly treated as per Miami-Dade Health Department regulations are not a source of mosquitoes.

For information, visit online at www.miamidade.gov/publicworks/mosquitocontrol. asp or visit the front desk at City Hall to pick up a brochure.

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