The first attempt at mosquito control in the Florida Keys dates back to 1929 when settlers built a bat tower in SugarLoaf Key. However, the bats abandoned their post instead of dining on the mosquitoes. It is said by some witty locals that the mosquitoes ate the bats! The Perky Bat Tower still stands as a reminder of challenges faced by early settlers.
Monroe County has a sub-tropical environment and is home to approximately 45 species of mosquitoes.
The goal of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is to control the mosquito population using the most effective methods, techniques, equipment, and insecticides, thus enhancing the quality of life for all residents, reducing the possibility of mosquito transmitted disease.
Although there are 40+ mosquito species found in the Keys, only a few create sufficient problems that require control measures. The Salt Marsh mosquito, the Tiger Mosquito and the House Mosquito are commonly found and create annoyance by their bite. In addition to their annoyance, mosquitoes can also transmit diseases such as Dengue Fever, Encephalitis, Malaria, and dog heartworm.
Today the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has 71 full time and 39 part time employees working to maintain and control mosquitoes in a manner that preserves and protects the ecological integrity of our scenic lands, waters and environment. Mosquito Control enhances our quality of life and allows us to enjoy our natural resources safely.
FLORIDA KEYS HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE TO MOSQUITO CONTROL