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
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
needs further information, please contact us at 407-566-1935 or email us at
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
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
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.
- Report from Dr.
Roxanne Connelly prepared mid-December, 2008, and this report takes the
form of Question and Answer. Specific questions were presented to Dr.
Connelly and she answered each in this report.
Inspection report from the Department of Agriculture, State of Florida,
regarding the District's contractor, Clarke Mosquito Control, dated June 11,
Toxicology report prepared by the State of Florida regarding the
chemicals used to spray for adult mosquitoes, dated February 23, 2009.
Report on permethrin and resmethrin, toxicity and exposure assessment
for children's health, dated January 18, 2007.
Presentation from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,
dated May 11, 2009.
- Presentation from Clarke Mosquito Control,
Part 2, June 23, 2009
- Clarke brochure,
information about the District's mosquito control provider, posted October
- 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
- The average mosquito weighs about 2.5 milligrams.
- The average mosquito takes in about five-millionths of a liter of blood
- 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
- 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,