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General Operations
The Collier Mosquito Control District (CMCD) leads the industry in technology for controlling mosquitoes. The District strives to develop the most efficient control techniques while focusing on minimizing effects on non-target organisms. The CMCD uses both larviciding and aerial adulticiding to control mosquitoes.

Adulticiding (the use of chemicals to control adult mosquitoes) is the primary control method the District uses because of the migration of adult mosquitoes from outside the District boundaries. Adulticides are applied by aircraft (three fixed wing aircraft and four helicopters) equipped with Micronair rotary atomizers. The atomizers reduce the droplet size of the adulticide, making it more efficient for controlling mosquitoes while also reducing non-target impacts. The District pilots also use night vision goggles during aerial missions after dusk in order to increase safety and accomplish the aerial treatment more efficiently.

Larviciding is another control method the CMCD uses for mosquito control. Larvicides are natural or synthetic products used to kill juvenile mosquitoes during their larval stages in the water. Larvicides are applied to larval habitat by ground in a liquid form using spray trucks or by air in a granular form using a specially equipped helicopter.