To provide the citizens of Sumter County with the most efficient and effective vector control possible, utilizing integrated surveillance and control strategies.
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Sumter County Vector Control
A vector is an organism that has the ability to transmit disease to humans such as ticks, fleas, flies, rats and mosquitoes. The mission of the Sumter County Vector Control Program is to provide the citizens of the county with the most efficient and effective vector control possible, utilizing integrated surveillance and control strategies. We treat for mosquitoes and, depending on the circumstances, rats but we do not specifically treat sites for flea and tick problems but instead provide technical assistance to citizens so they may make a more informed choice to address their particular problem.
Providing mosquito control services is the largest portion of our program operations. Mosquito nuisance calls are taken throughout the summer and an inspector is sent to try and locate the source of the problem. We work with the citizens to teach them how to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis that have made news headlines recently and to suppress the mosquito populations in the county.
Larviciding operations are conducted throughout the county to attack the mosquito at the weakest point in its life cycle and to prevent adult emergence. As larval surveys are performed, breeding sites are recorded on area maps. Identified sites are treated throughout the mosquito season. Control is achieved through the use of larvicidal oils, mono-molecular films, biological products and predatory fish.
Adulticiding is conducted by using ultra-low-volume (ULV) ground equipment to spray during nighttime hours to reduce the adult mosquito population. Areas to be adulticided are determined based upon our surveillance information. Our primary adulticide is permethrin with a resmethrin product also being used occasionally with both products being non-persistent in the environment.