Mosquito Control

One of the services a CDD is permitted to provide to its residents is mosquito control, which Celebration CDD provides on a daily basis to enhance and increase the service levels that would otherwise be provided by Osceola County. The District currently has a contract with Clarke Mosquito Control to provide these services, which include spraying for adult mosquitoes at dusk; larviciding along roadways, paths and water edges to prevent larva from becoming adult mosquitoes; and taking landing-rate counts and light trap counts to monitor mosquito activity. Click on the Schedule link for an estimated schedule when Clarke is on site spraying in the evenings.

Questions Regarding the Current Spraying Program

The Celebration CDD has not changed any practices as to mosquito spraying.  All the spraying is done based on the trap counts. The machines are flowing the same about per acre that they always have. The start times are roughly the same as they always have been. What has happened recently is that we went from border-line drought conditions and low trap numbers to record rainfall with in a matter of days. This has caused large hatchings in our area and numerous other areas around the State. Since then Clarke has responded by spraying all routes numerous times. They have detected a reduction in the trap counts which is indicating that we are getting better control of the situation. We should have things back to normal soon.

If anyone needs further information, please contact us at 407-566-1935 or email us at admin@celebrationcdd.org.

Mosquito Control Program

Several residents have expressed a concern about the effect of long-term exposure to the insecticide used within Celebration. Our mosquito control program is in full compliance with EPA and State of Florida guidelines. However, if any resident has a similar concern, the spraying schedule is posted on the website for your convenience (click here). You can reduce your risk of inhalation of the mosquito spray by remaining inside during the time they are scheduled to be in your neighborhood. In addition, if any resident desires that we not spray in the immediate vicinity of your house, please provide your request to the District office, and our contractor will put your address on a “no spray” list.

We have dedicated a full page for your convenience with all this information for those concerned about mosquito spraying in their area. Click here or the Spraying Concerns tab above.

Current Reports Related to the Mosquito Program Review

For your convenience, below are several reports that have been presented to the Board and are made available on this website for the public's review and information.

Life CycleKey Benefits

  • Ability to enjoy outdoor dining, walking on the sidewalks and trails, and generally enjoying other outdoor community activities in the evenings
  • Reduced risk of mosquito-borne illnesses

Suggestions on What Residents Can Do

  • Eliminate areas that collect water, or change the water every two days, such as in a pet's water dish or birdbath or child's swimming pool
  • Irrigate lawns carefully to prevent water from standing for several days
  • Check your air conditioner and outside faucets for leaks

Mosquito Fun FAQS

  • Mosquitoes are known from as far back as the Triassic Period, 400 million years ago. They are known from North America from the Cretaceous, 100 million years ago.
  • There are about 2,700 species of mosquito. There are 176 species in the United States.
  • The average mosquito weighs about 2.5 milligrams.
  • The average mosquito takes in about five-millionths of a liter of blood during feeding.
  • Mosquitoes find hosts by sight (they observe movement), by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies, and by chemical signals (mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid, among other chemicals) at distances of 25 to 35 meters.
  • Mosquitoes fly an estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
  • Salt marsh mosquitoes can migrate up to 40 miles for a meal.
  • Bigger people are often more attractive to mosquitoes because they are larger targets and they produce more mosquito attractants, namely CO2 and lactic acid.
  • Active or fidgety people also produce more CO2 and lactic acid.
  • Women are usually more attractive to mosquitoes than men because of the difference in hormones produced by the sexes.
  • Blondes tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes than brunettes.
  • Smelly feet are attractive to mosquitoes, as is Limburger Cheese.
  • Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes.
  • Movement increased mosquito biting up to 50% in some research tests.
  • A full moon increased mosquito activity 500% in one study
    (from the American Mosquito Control Association website, www.mosquito.org)