Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (WMBB)– Increased rains and floods have become fertile ground for mosquitoes. Now Panama City Beach Mosquito Control is working to stay on top of the issue.
Beach Mosquito Control technician Kyle Pridgen is early and inspecting ditches and retention ponds at the western end of Panama City Beach. Pridgen said the area has seen a huge increase in the mosquito population due to recent tropical storms.
“Whenever you see standing water on the beach, we check it and treat it to see if it spawns. It is much easier to control them in the larval stage than when they are in the adult stage,” he said. he declared.
Beach Mosquito Control public relations president Cindy Mulla said in July the area had around 100,000 mosquitoes, while the average is normally around 25,000.
“We are here five days a week to deal with ditches and retention, we even deal with abandoned pools,” said Pridgen.
They do this in two ways, by using Gambusia Holbrooki, a type of fish that eats mosquito larvae, or by spraying a larvicide. The team also inspects up to 30 to 40 areas per day.
“You can treat it with a granular or liquid larvicide, depending on the condition of the larvae, that will determine what I treat it with,” Pridgen said.
The team is also the only one in the Panhandle region to treat areas by air.
Beach Mosquito recommends that you wear repellant on exposed areas of your skin and wear light-colored clothing and sleeves whenever possible, as mosquitoes are attracted to darker clothing. They also recommend emptying any standing water near your house, as this could be breeding ground for mosquitoes.
If you want to have your home inspected, service calls to Beach Mosquito Control are free. You can reach them at 850-233-5030.
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