SLC urges residents to guard against mosquitoes




St. Lucie County Continues to Urge Residents to Guard Against Mosquitoes 


  1. LUCIE COUNTY – Due to continuing warm temperatures and rainfall, nuisance and disease-carrying mosquitoes remain a concern to residents and visitors in St. Lucie County. The St. Lucie Mosquito Control District encourages everyone to remain vigilant and take precautionary measures as the mosquito threat persists well into the winter season.

As part of its wide-ranging mosquito detection and protection program, the district conducts routine surveillance for St. Louis encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile viruses. St. Lucie County uses chicken flocks as part of an early warning program to detect the presence of those viruses. There are currently no confirmed human cases in the county. However, six chickens have tested positive for antibodies for West Nile virus in rural areas within the St. Lucie Mosquito Control District over the last two months. While this is a relatively low number of positive results, they serve to reinforce the need for heightened awareness and precautionary measures on the part of citizens and visitors, especially during evening and nighttime hours.

Mosquito activity has also been elevated along North and South Hutchinson Islands in recent weeks. This is primarily due to high tides that have led to increased breeding of salt-water mosquitoes in marshes and wetlands. Those mosquitoes are not considered a public health concern but rather a nuisance due to their aggressive biting habits.

In response to both the disease threats and increased nuisance levels, Mosquito Control has increased fog-truck treatments throughout the District as well as daily surveillance and localized treatments. The species of mosquito that carries the West Nile virus continues to be relatively low, but Mosquito Control is focusing its resources on addressing problem areas as they are identified.

St. Lucie County reminds residents to do their part in reducing breeding areas, including practicing the “tip and toss” method of emptying containers that collect standing water around their homes and yards. Even a bottle cap of standing water can provide a breeding habitat for mosquitos. To prevent mosquito bites, residents are reminded to wear light clothing when jogging or walking in the evenings, as well as using mosquito repellant with DEET.

For more information on Mosquito Control efforts please contact the St. Lucie County Mosquito Control Hotline at 772-462-1692. The most up-to-date information on fogging operations is also posted online:





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