Breaking the Zika Virus Cycle

Help Zap Zika in Broward County



The Broward County Mosquito Control Section is working day and night to rid the County of the mosquito that carries the Zika virus. But we can use your help. Please watch this video to learn three easy steps to help rid your property of this pesky mosquito, and make Broward a safer place for everyone.

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Help Keep Mosquitoes from Spreading the Zika Virus!
The fight against the Zika virus requires a community effort. Business owners, residents, municipalities, healthcare, governmental organizations… everyone can help!
 

What is Zika?

The Zika virus is carried by a species of mosquito called Aedes aegypti. This type of mosquito lives near residences and businesses for ready access to feed on human hosts. If the Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits the Zika virus to a pregnant woman, severe birth defects such as microcephaly can occur.
 

How can you help?

Reduce the spread of the Zika virus by eliminating mosquito breeding habitats, and by dumping standing water around your property. In areas where water cannot be dumped, apply larvicide to keep the mosquito larvae from developing into flying mosquitoes that can bite.  The Aedes aegypti mosquito can breed indoors and outdoors and will bite anytime of the day or night.

Breaking the Zika Virus Cycle

Zika Virus

Eliminate Breeding Habitats

The mosquito that carries the Zika virus is a so-called “container mosquito” because it breeds in small amounts of water that collects in containers like bottles, cans, cups, buckets, hoses, planters, drains and in plants such as bromeliads. The life cycle of the Aedes aegypti mosquito is approximately seven days, so you should implement a regular routine to inspect your property for breeding habitats, dump standing water, and cover any areas that could collect standing water, especially after it rains. Place larvicide into bromeliads and any containers that cannot be dumped every two to three days.
 

Recommended Larvicide

Aedes aegypti larvicide products last between seven and 60 days, depending upon the product type. These products are available online, at local home improvement and hardware stores, and wherever pest control products are sold. Check the product labels for specifics regarding the type of habitat for which they are most suitable, and the duration of effectiveness. Products are in the form of either briquettes, tablets or granules that contain either Spinosad or Bti, natural larvicides that are safe for pets, birds, beneficial insects and the ecosystem. Some brand names of Spinosad or Bti larvicides are Natular G, DT and XRT, MosquitoDunks®, Mosquito Bits® and Bonide Mosquito Beater®.
 
If you need assistance identifying breeding habitats around your property, please contact the Broward County Mosquito Control Division at 954-765-4062, or visit Broward.org/ZapZika.
Zika Virus 

The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus, has been confirmed in several travelers who recently visited Latin America. The Mosquito Control Section of the Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division is working in conjunction with the Florida Health Department to monitor the suspected cases of the virus.  

The Zika virus is carried by the same species of mosquito that we have been targeting over the years. In order to reduce the spread of the virus and other diseases, we are continuing to limit the mosquito population around Broward County by spraying areas with reported concentrations of mosquitoes, checking known mosquito breeding sites, treating standing water from recent rain events, and spraying in areas requested by residents. To request mosquito spraying, please use the online Mosquito Spray Request Form or call 954-765-4062.
 
The Zika virus is a flavivirus, part of the same family as yellow fever, West Nile, chikungunya and dengue. Symptoms of the virus include fever, rash, and joint pain. Zika virus is spread through the bite of the Aedes aegypti species mosquito.  This species of mosquito is often found in areas with stagnant water such as of uncovered buckets, flower pots, unused swimming pools and discarded tires.  So as to curb the spread of the virus, we urge people to dump or drain any standing water that has collected in their property.

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