• Notice of Rescheduled Hearing, now Sept. 22

    The tentative hearing adopting a millage rate and budget on September 14, 2017, for the Collier Mosquito Control District has been rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma. The new date is September 22, 2017 at 5:01 p.m. at the CMCD headquarters.

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  • Disease Prevention

    Mosquitoes Spread Diseases

    Did you know the female mosquito is the most deadly animal on the planet?

    According to Rachel Nuwer a writer for Smithsonian.com, mosquito borne diseases kill 725,000 humans per year.

    While many of the mosquitoes in Southwest Florida are simply a nuisance, there are more than a half dozen species that carry disease. Through sound science and integrated mosquito management practices, the Collier Mosquito Control District reduces the population of both nuisance and disease carrying mosquitoes to accomplish its mission of protecting public health and safety.

    Chikungunya Virus

    Means “that which bends up” or “to be contorted”

    Symptoms

    Headache
    High fever
    Muscle pain
    Joint Swelling
    Rash

    Treatment

    There is no specific medication
    Use analgesics (pain relievers)
    Avoid containing aspirin
    Drink plenty of fluids
    Consult a physician

    Mosquito transmission:

    Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus

    Habitat:

    Fresh water, water holding containers

    Eastern Equine Encephalitis

    Eastern Equine Encephalitis
    Eastern Equine Encephalitis
    Primarily effects horses

    Symptoms

    Headache
    High fever
    Chills
    Vomiting

    Treatment

    There is no specific medication for humans
    Preventative vaccines for horses
    Use analgesics (pain relievers)
    Avoid consuming aspirin
    Drink plenty of fluids
    Consult a physician

    Mosquito transmission:

    Culiseta melanura

    Habitat:

    Fresh water swamps, marshes

    Dengue Fever

    What is Dengue?
    DF is a disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses (DENV 1, DENV 2, DENV 3 or DENV 4)

    Symptoms

    High fever
    Severe headache
    Severe pain behind the eyes
    Joint pain
    Muscle and bone pain
    Rash
    Mild bleeding (e.g., nose or gums bleed, easy bruising)

    Treatment

    There is no specific medication
    Use analgesics (pain relievers)
    Avoid containing aspirin
    Drink plenty of fluids
    Consult a physician

    Mosquito transmission:

    Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus

    Habitat:

    Fresh water, water holding containers

    West Nile Virus

    West Nile Virus
    West Nile Virus

    Symptoms

    Headache
    Body aches
    Joint pains
    Vomiting
    Diarrhea
    Rash

    Treatment

    There is no specific medication
    Use analgesics (pain relievers)
    Drink plenty of fluids
    Consult a physician

    Mosquito transmission:

    Culex nigripalpus

    Habitat:

    Fresh water roadside ditches, open fields

    Dog Heartworm

    Dog Heartworm
    DHWs are some of the most damaging parasites in dogs and cats

    Symptoms

    Tires easily
    Shortness of breath
    Coughing

    Treatment

    Monthly preventive medicines
    Existing disease requires a series of injections and weeks of strict cage rest

    Mosquito transmission:

    many species can transmit the heartworm

    Habitats:

    Fresh and saltwater

    Help us Reduce Mosquito Population

    Help us control the mosquito population by reducing their habitat. Some mosquitoes, such as the Aedes aegypti, only need a cap full of water to breed. Make sure you tip, drain and cover sources of standing water. If you can’t eliminate the water, use a larvicide like Natular DT or Mosquito Dunks to prevent mosquitoes.

    If you are still experiencing a problem with mosquitoes, please report the problem area online so that we can send an inspector out to evaluate your neighborhood.

    How can you Prevent Mosquito Bites?

    There are 44 mosquito species in the Collier County area with different habitats, flight ranges and activity months. Although a few types can be active 24-7, it is generally recognized that mosquitoes are the most active during the dusk and dawn hours. Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes can be the most active, or protect yourself by following the Center’s for Disease Control’s guidelines: 

    • Use insect repellent: Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
      • DEET
      • Picaridin, also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin
      • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
      • IR3535
      • 2-undecanone
    • Cover up: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

    Additional Resources

    Below are several downloadable fact sheets that discuss a number of topics, including mosquito-borne diseases, other biting insects and how people can avoid these insects.

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