From the Orange County Government

Recent storms and rainfall in Central Florida have Orange County Mosquito Control officials working hard to protect the community from mosquito-borne illness and nuisance mosquitoes. In light of elevated rain, requests from residents to treat mosquitoes in local neighborhoods and communities, particularly in east Orange County, have significantly increased. Kelly Deutsch, the manager for Orange County Mosquito Control, reports that while the division typically receives about 10 calls a day from residents in need of assistance, calls have increased up to tenfold.

While not all mosquitoes carry illness or disease, rising populations alone can be a nuisance and distract from the ability to enjoy the outdoors. In addition to their critical role in public health, mosquito control personnel help maintains a comfortable outdoor environment for all by reducing rising mosquito populations.

Orange County personnel use several techniques to help control the various mosquito species in the area while being sensitive to the environment and other insects. These efforts strategically take place during the evening and do not include the application of materials known to be harmful to humans, animals or other insects, including bees when applied according to the label.

Efforts include:

  • Treatment or elimination of identified breeding environments for mosquitoes.
  • Targeted spraying (where a technician applies a control material to a specific area).
  • The deployment of specially equipped trucks able to apply larger volumes of material through neighborhoods and rural communities.
  • Finally, in the event that mosquito populations cannot be managed on the ground, or include large rural areas, the county has the ability to aerial spray through aircraft.

At this time, Orange County Mosquito personnel ask residents to Tip, Toss, and Cover!

  • Tip over or toss containers like flower pots or tin cans that collect small amounts of water – many mosquitoes, particularly those that can transmit Zika virus, dengue fever, and chikungunya, develop in an environment as small as a bottle cap.
  • Cover skin with clothing and/or repellent that contains DEET. Cover windows and open doors with screens to prevent mosquitoes from coming inside.
  • Call 311 if rising mosquito populations become a nuisance or with questions.

To date, there have been no reports of the Zika virus transmitted in Orange County. However, officials remain ever vigilant and emphasize that Zika is only one of several mosquito-borne illnesses known to reach Central Florida. While mosquito-borne illness is most commonly thought of in terms of how it affects people, other animals like dogs, cats, and livestock can also be at risk. Heartworm disease found primarily in dogs is spread through mosquitoes, as is equine encephalitis, a mosquito-borne illness that affects horses and humans.

For additional information regarding Orange County Mosquito Control visit: www.ocfl/mosquito.

For additional information on the Zika virus and how to protect from the Zika virus in Orange County visit: www.ocfl.net/zika.

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. I am doing what I can to get rid of mosquitoes. I empty the birdbaths daily and refresh the water, and empty any standing water from the rains. I dug up my plants that held water, I know I am spelling this wrong (bromilards) but you all know what plants I am writing about…..they hold water in the centers, and they had very sharp edges that always cut my arms up when I weeded around them, and I said they have to go! They had multiplied way out into the yard, and although they were pretty with their exotic blooms, they were dangerous. My arms are wounded and cut and bruised. I also sprayed some Malathion around and tried to keep it off of the other blooming plants were the honey bees go. I really don’t like to spray pesticides but the mosquitoes are really bad and they pose a danger too.

  2. I am up early as I couldn’t sleep well tonight. Yesterday I had to do something I really didn’t want to do, but had to. Something I had been delaying since last November. Something that was necessary but heartbreaking to have to do. I had to go and have my old big dog euthanized. He had a very large non-cancerous tumor on his back leg below the elbow that I didn’t get surgery on because he was so old and because of his heart. I tried to keep him as long as I could. I wasn’t like it was cancerous and he was suffering other than unsightly, and the size of it. Otherwise he was shiny, had long beautiful hair and was as mean as ever…….but he was getting weaker in his back legs and sometimes would slide down on our tile floors and I couldn’t pick him up! He was over 80 pounds. If by husband was gone to the 7-11 or Wawa to get cigarettes, he would have to pick him back up as I just could not get him up. So this last week, I noticed the tumor was getting bigger and bigger all of a sudden, more so that ever, and I felt it and it was filled with fluid and hung down pulling against his skin and he would lay on it and it started breaking open partially and I freaked out, and said something has to be done, and he has to be put down. I cried and cried, and was freaking out………..

  3. Saturday I called a emergency vet clinic and they told me to bring him in. I won’t mention their business name although I should! They said they opened at noon. I explained the situation, told them all about my big older dog, and they said they would euthanize him, told me how much it would cost, and I said I would bring him in if I could get him into the truck as he was so heavy and the truck up so high. We drove over to 17-92 afternoon, and although we didn’t know their was a bad storm and there was lightning, thunder, and it was raining worse than during a hurricane and I looked down along the road and it was like a lake there was so much water pooling, and my big boy was scared as usual of the storm. Enough water in the roads to flood out some vehicles. At this point I was having second thoughts and said maybe we need to just go back home. I was only a mile or two away, and we went on anyway, and when we got there, the rain had almost stopped. We parked and my husband lifted my dog out, got him on his feet and I said I will go in first to see if there are any other animals in there as mine would have went after them………….!

  4. The lady at the counter jumped up and asked me did I bring my dog, and I said yes he is right outside the glass window out there and she handed me a clip board and paperwork to fill out. I told her I brought him to be euthanized. She said, oh no, we can’t do that, he looks to good of shape to euthanize. I said, “have you even looked at him and his big tumor on his leg?” She had not even looked half way at him through the window. She said we can’t do that. I said, “listen, I called here this morning and talked to the lady and you all said to bring him in. She said she was sorry but we can’t do that. I couldn’t believe it. I said are you the person I spoke to on the phone? She said no, and I’m sorry, but we can’t do that……I was shocked, and very angry at them! I had another dog of mine euthanized back in 2012 that was old and couldn’t walk or control his bowels and had to at that time, so I know they euthanize animals in bad shape for one reason or another….and here she was telling me, he LOOKED TO GOOD……and hadn’t even hardly glanced at him…….I left and was crying and upset!……….and could not believe that business done me like that!

  5. That was Saturday and we went back home. I made an appointment on Sunday at Winter Park Vet Clinic on Lee Road and we took him in on Sunday at 10:30. They gave him a sedative shot first, and said he would fall asleep, which took 10 minutes as I held him and talked to him and petted his nose and ears, and he dozed off to sleep, then they administered the fatal shot. Those people couldn’t have been nicer to me….. They dimmed the lights, and played soft nature sounds to calm him, before they even gave him the first shot. They even told me that they would give me a paw print impression in clay for me to take home with a sheer little royal blue bag with a ribbon tie top to keep in his memory. She hugged my neck and told me how sorry she was, as she said her big shepherd dog is nine years old and she dreads the day hers will have to probably be put down. Caesar was my very big old mean baby, but was not mean to us. My C-boy, as I called him. So protective to us, and knew when anybody was at the front of our house even before we knew. I miss him so much, it breaks my heart……he stayed in his shaded carpeted kennel out back in the day, and in our house at night. He was my Mama’s dog, and became mine when my Mama died back in 2006. He would have been 13 years old in Oct……….he would sing when I would sing, and even cry when I would get upset about something and cry…..and would get in my lap when we took him for rides……at least I still have my small dog to keep me company…….this just really hurts me………….

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