SARASOTA (WWSB) -Sarasota and Manatee counties have started training seasonal staff to help manage the mosquito population for the upcoming peak months.
Sarasota County Mosquito Management said they are ramping up disease and mosquito surveillance after the county saw a high number of mosquitoes carrying diseases, like West Nile disease, last year.
Both counties not only spray adult mosquitoes by hand, planes, and trucks, but also kill mosquitoes when they are in the larva stage in the water.
While both counties are doing their part to maintain mosquitoes, they ask the public to help them out.
People at home should monitor anything outside their home that collects water. That includes buckets, toys, and kid pools. It's important to dump that water out at least every four days, because it will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes if you don't. To prevent getting bit, wear loose long clothing, bug spray, and avoid going outside during dusk and dawn.
Doing those things can help prevent people from catching diseases carried by mosquitoes.
“Plastic buckets, tarps, kid pools for example, bird baths. All of those habitats create the ideal situation for container mosquitoes to breed and cause problems. And that’s the same species that’s transmitting a lot of our viruses to humans,” said Sarasota County Mosquito Management Manager, Wade Brennan.