The daily battle to take back neighborhoods from the more than 40 species of mosquitoes that reside in Hillsborough County depends on a delicate balance of scientific controls and resident participation.
We protect residents by monitoring for mosquito-borne illnesses, and control the pests through biological methods, trapping, elimination of breeding sites, destruction of larvae, and spraying pesticides at street level and from the sky.
We have 30 mosquito traps throughout the county to keep track of the mosquito population. We also use a Sentinel Chicken program to monitor for Encephalitis viruses in birds before they reach humans.
Our unit conducts more than 20,000 larvae inspections per year. Problem areas might be eligible for applications of pesticide from vehicles, helicopters or planes.
In 2016, the Mosquito Control and Aquatic Weed Unit:
- Responded to more than 5,800 customer service requests
- Conducted larvae remediation on 25,646 acres
- Conducted adult mosquito remediation on 861,838 acres
Report mosquito related issues
We monitor complaints about high mosquito populations and respond accordingly.
For more information, call our Public Works department at (813) 635-5400.