Florida was not always the top tourist destination in the United States. Aside from Florida’s more than 1,200 miles of coastline, the warm subtropical climate encouraged by periods of heavy rainfall gives rise to 80 species of mosquito statewide. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that Florida was considered a horrible place to live and visit. The mosquito itself impeded the development of Florida, which was thought to be unbearable to live in as little as 100 years ago.
The success of early programs, which eliminated diseases gave rise to Mosquito Control programs across the state. Today Florida Mosquito Control Districts are improving the quality of life, facilitating outdoor activities, and protecting the public health of our Florida communities. Without Florida Mosquito Control, Florida would literally be unsafe let alone uninhabitable, un-enjoyable, and just a tropical place with lots and lots of pesky bugs.
Florida Mosquito Control Districts manage the mosquito population through source reduction, larval control, and adult control. These environmentally sound practices allow Florida residents to enjoy the high quality of life that Florida boasts: