Anastasia Mosquito Control District seeks public’s cooperation and assistance
The Anastasia Mosquito Control District (AMCD) is currently conducting an eradication program in the city’s downtown area, specifically targeting the breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Dr. Dan Dixon of the AMCD presented information on the program to the City Commission at its meeting on June 26 regarding the program and asked for the community’s cooperation and assistance in this public health effort. His visit was timely not only because of the recent rains causing an increase in mosquito populations, but also because it coincided with National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, June 26-July 1.
Teams are working in the area between the San Sebastian and Matanzas Rivers and south of May St., to locate and treat breeding sites for both the adult and larvae mosquito and to educate the community on ways it can assist in the eradication program.
Once a week, the six two-person teams are conducting inspections street by street, house by house, between 7:30am and 11:00am. The inspections include checking both front and back yards, looking in bird baths, checking water-holding containers, trash cans, and bromeliads, a favorite breeding spot.
Residents and businesses can act now to assist in the program by ensuring that any container that may catch rain water or water from irrigation be emptied of standing water and removed.
The AMCD has a wealth of information on this public health issue on its Facebook page and on its web site, www.amcdsjc.org from which one may request service for a specific property. To watch Dr. Dixon’s presentation via streaming video, click here.
For more information, contact the Anastasia Mosquito Control District at 904.471.3107.