Sarasota County Mosquito Management Services is dedicated to protecting and promoting public health by managing mosquito populations through environmentally sound and fiscally responsible practices.
Have a mosquito problem around your home? Submit a service request and one of our technicians will schedule an inspection.(Communication by phone required.)
No spray mission planned for tonight based on mosquito surveillance results.
MMS advises the public to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites by following the message:
Drain and Cover
To report a mosquito problem or request information call 861-5000
How to dispose of old tires
That old tire in your backyard is probably never going back on your car. But, left outside, it will collect rainwater and become a breeding ground for some of the deadliest mosquitoes known to man.
Tires are uniquely suited to mosquito breeding: they offer a dark, warm, and predator-free environment in which larvae can thrive. And, as water evaporates very slowly from the inside of a tire, it can become a long-term habitat for multiple broods of mosquitoes.
That’s not what you want in your yard. But how to get rid of it?
Good news! Legally disposing of an old tire is actually easier than illegally dumping it in an empty lot. Just leave it by the curb on garbage day.
Up to four tires a week can be left in front of your home for pick up during regularly scheduled waste collection. Tires must be 25-inches or less in diameter.
Larger tires can be dropped off at the Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex located at 4000 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis, for a standard disposal fee. More information can be found at: https://www.scgov.net/home/showdocument?id=33228
Or contact a tire recycling company if you’re interested in other options.
Fight the bite! Removing old tires from your yard can relieve an eyesore and prevent itchy ankles at the same time.#SRQCountyMMS
Love Bugs: Don’t Believe the Rumors
For years now, misinformation has been circulating that love bugs were created at the University of Florida to combat mosquitoes. False. In truth, love bugs (Plecia nearctica) came to America in the 1920’s from Central America, finding their way to Florida at the end of the 1940’s. Twice a year, around early May and late September, they take clumsily to the air in massive numbers, simultaneously flying and mating. Love bugs are important to our ecosystem and are entirely harmless, except to your car’s finish. But they definitely don’t kill mosquitoes and they certainly were not engineered at the University of Florida. So, over the next few weeks, as you scrub those love bug carcasses from your car’s grill, don’t curse UF (the #1 school in Florida). Save that Gator hate for football season.
Changes to MMS service request procedures:
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Sarasota County Mosquito Management is initiating the following changes to service request procedures:
In an effort to maintain safe social distancing, reliable phone communication between MMS staff and anyone requesting service will be necessary.
Prior to beginning a scheduled service request, an MMS technician will contact the customer by phone and request that the customer:
Take in all animals
Unlock and open all gates required for access
Close all windows to residence
All residents remain indoors and away from technician for the duration of the technician’s presence
Upon completion of service, the MMS technician will again call the resident and discuss what services were performed and if further inspection or treatment is needed. If the technician is required to return to the residence, the same procedure as stated above must be followed.
Please understand that these precautions are intended to protect the residents and community as well as the technician.
If you have any questions, please contact Sarasota County Mosquito Management at (941)861-5000.
Changes to MMS Fish Pick Up procedures:
All residents interested in picking up mosquito fish from Sarasota County Mosquito Management should contact the MMS office through (941)861-5000 or the county website
and fill out a service request form. In the comments section of the form, please include your preference for picking up fish at our office at 5531 Pinkney Ave., Sarasota FL, 34233.
Once arrangements have been scheduled, fish will be available for pick up outside the front door of the MMS main office between 7:30 AM and 4 PM. Bags of fish will be labeled with customer’s name and placed in a cooler. No physical contact between customers and MMS staff will be required.
Mosquitoes Don’t Practice Social Distancing
But you can keep your distance from them by practicing the 5 D’s: Dump containers holding water; Drain water out of anything you can’t dump; Dress in light-colored long-sleeve shirts and long pants when outside; avoid being outside during Dusk/Dawn; and use mosquito repellant with DEET. Taking these few precautions is always good practice for Sarasota County residents regardless of the current public health situation.
Watch our team in action!
Ever wonder how Sarasota County mosquito technicians eradicate larvae before they grow into blood-sucking adults? This video shows staff employing integrated pest management to keep the ecosystem healthy.
Our Favorite Skeeter
On the lot at Sarasota County Mosquito Management, a grey and white tabby named Skeeter patrols the grounds around our nationally recognized aquaculture center. More than a mere pet, this fixed feline provides pest control without chemicals, something we’re in favor of very much at Mosquito Management Services.
“She doesn’t kill birds,” says David Jenkins, the Aquaculture Manager, as he feeds her with donated food. “She does a great job keeping the area free of pests without a drop of pesticide. It’s a model we’re always working toward at MMS.”
After a busy night of scaring away rats and roaches, Skeeter can be found happily snacking on the misguided mosquito fish that leap from the safety of the tanks to errant freedom. “She cleans up fish off the ground that would otherwise bring ants, too,” Jenkins says. “I wish we could put her on payroll.”
At Sarasota County Mosquito Management, we are dedicated to the principles of Integrated Pest Management which emphasize practices that ensure a healthy eco-system for humans, animals and insects.
No Downtime for MMS Technicians
At Sarasota County Mosquito Management, there’s no rest in combating mosquitoes. Our team of dedicated technicians (Joe Pizzo, Alma Concannon, Winston Allen, Phillip Rains, Isaac Congleton, Isaias Godoy and Laura Kroll) is currently involved in multiple projects designed to help protect our community from humanity’s deadliest enemy: mosquitoes. We’re modifying our ultra-low volume sprayers to more efficiently apply adulticide while maintaining high accuracy. We are also developing new tools to help monitor and treat catch basins, a plentiful and hidden breeding ground for mosquitoes.
These are just a few examples of the innovation and effort that helps Sarasota County Mosquito Management maintain its reputation as a world-class program.
Sarasota County Mosquito Management is dedicated to the principles of Integrated Pest Management which emphasize practices that ensure a healthy ecosystem for humans, animals and insects.
Help prevent mosquito breeding and protect yourself
Follow the 5 D's:
- Dusk and Dawn – avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are biting.
- Dress – wear clothing that covers most of your skin.
- Defend yourself use repellents.
- Repellents that contain Picaridin, DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide).
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535 and permethrin are some repellent options.
- Drainage – check around your home to rid the area of standing water, which is where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
Trapping and disease surveillance
Sarasota County has several dozen carbon dioxide baited traps placed throughout the area which serve as a method for population surveillance. During mosquito season, May 1 until Oct. 31, these traps are collected several times per week and adult mosquitoes are counted.For disease surveillance, Mosquito Management Services uses specialized traps to attract blood-fed female mosquitoes. Sentinel chicken populations are also monitored year-round.