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Only a small number of mosquitoes in Georgia can transmit pathogens to people. Just because a mosquito is known to be capable of transmitting a pathogen, that does not mean it will ever be exposed to it.
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Vector Disease Control International, VDCI – They have a white truck with Mosquito Control Contractor on the door.
Spraying for adult mosquito outbreaks occurs on an as-needed basis. As such, we make daily decisions based on the data gathered from our traps set across the county, observations from field technicians, and service requests from the citizens. The Program Director considers multiple factors each day before assigning spray truck routes including:
This allows us to assign spray trucks where the chemical application is most needed and will be most effective. By using this scientifically justified approach we can be good stewards of the environment while protecting human health using the appropriate chemicals and amounts sufficient to minimize the negative impact of the vector while avoiding any unnecessary risk.
From a logistics standpoint, we are not able to contact every citizen prior to spraying. You can request to be placed on the no-spray list or request to be sprayed by calling 912-217-6300.
Yes. Only the property owner can make this request. Please contact the Mosquito Control Office at 912-217-6300 and request to speak with a Supervisor to be added to our Exclusion List. The spray drift from our trucks is usually about 300 feet, and we closely monitor the wind speed and direction as to make sure the spray does not go off-target. Once added to the Exclusion List, a 300 foot buffer zone will be implemented around your property and when the spray truck passes you may still here the spray unit’s engine running, but no chemical (it looks like a white plume from the bed of the truck) should be visible.
The products we use are registered and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These products have undergone extensive testing to ensure that when they are applied in a manner consistent with the label that they will not have any significant adverse effects on human health or the environment. For more information see the Larvicide and Adulticide pages on our website.
Yes, mosquito control personnel are willing to provide educational programs to groups throughout the year. Contact the Mosquito Control Office at 912-217-6300 for more information.
The number of phone calls for service does not determine when or where treatment for adult mosquitoes will be done.
There are over 3,000 different types of mosquitoes. In Georgia we have over 60! Some are disease capable and are sent to the lab for testing while others are only pestiferous.
No, only female mosquitoes bite. Females need blood to make eggs. Male mosquitoes feed on plant sugar. Only some species of mosquito like to bite people.
Immature mosquitoes live and develop in standing water. The location depends upon the species. There are mosquitoes that breed in salt marshes, swamps, crab holes, ponds, swales, bromeliads and even small containers like buckets. But keep in mind, a mosquito only needs a bottle-cap of water to lay up to 300 eggs at one time! As adults, mosquitoes prefer nice shady places around vegetation. Chances are, if mosquitoes are bothering you at home, they are liking breeding someplace nearby.