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    When do we treat? The following policies govern the Collier Mosquito Control District

    The Collier Mosquito Control District advocates management of mosquito populations when and where necessary by means of integrated programs designed to benefit and have minimal adverse effects on people, wildlife, and the environment.  This integrated pest management policy promotes the suppression of mosquito populations to tolerable levels for the well-being of humans, domestic animals, and wildlife, and that selection of scientifically sound suppression methods must be based on consideration of what is ecologically and economically in the long-term best interest of the community.

    The following policies will govern the Collier Mosquito Control District:

    1. Mosquito control measures should be undertaken only when there is adequate justification based upon surveillance data.

    Collier Mosquito Control District’s inspectors routinely place mosquito traps through the county to monitor the populations of both nuisance and disease causing mosquitoes.

    2. Integrated mosquito management programs should be tailored to the needs and requirements of the local situation. The combination of methods for mosquito control should be chosen after careful consideration of the efficacy, ecological effects and costs versus benefits of the various options, including public education, legal action, natural and biological control, elimination of breeding sources, and insecticide applications.

    3. Mosquito breeding sources, whether natural or created by human activity, should be altered in such a manner as to cause the least undesirable impact on the environment, consistent with Federal and State mandates.

    4. Insecticides and application methods should be used in the most efficient and least hazardous manner, in accordance with all application laws and regulations and available scientific data. The registered label requirements for insecticide must be followed. When choices are available among effective insecticides, those offering the least hazard to non-target organisms should be used. Insecticides should be chosen and used in a manner that will minimize the development of resistance in the mosquito populations.

    5. Personnel involved in mosquito management programs should be properly trained and supervised, and certified in accordance with relevant laws and regulations, and should keep current with improvements in management techniques through continuing education and/or training programs.

    The official Policy on Mosquito Control of the Collier Mosquito Control District was adapted from the American Mosquito Control Association Policy statement, and was adopted at the January 16, 1990 Board of Commissioners meeting. This policy was reviewed at the March 1, 2002 Commission meeting, and the March 19, 2015 Commission meeting.

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