The City of Valdosta uses every resource available to municipalities to protect its citizens from mosquito-borne diseases through a Public Works operated spraying and larvicide program, a joint surveillance program with Valdosta State University, and through public education.
City Spraying Program
The city operates a spraying program on a four-day cycle throughout the City with spraying five days a week, if needed, at dusk. Spraying typically begins in early April. In addition to the City’s normal spraying program, when an infected mosquito, human or animal is found, the City activates its response plan, calling for immediate, intensive and continued spraying in the areas where the viruses have been positively identified.
In addition to the spraying program, the City of Valdosta, the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners and the South Health District have had a joint mosquito surveillance program in place since 2001, working with Valdosta State University to collect and test mosquitoes. To aid in the city's surveillance program, mosquito traps are strategically located throughout the city limits.
The program in Valdosta and Lowndes County is the only program of its type in the region. The surveillance program provides data on vector and virus activity to local, state and national health agencies. There are several permanent sampling locations in Valdosta and Lowndes County, with additional collections taken from locations where there is suspicion of virus activity.
Surveillance of this type helps public officials to know if the human risk of disease is rising and to reduce mosquito breeding before it becomes a public health problem.
If you have any questions about mosquito safety, please call the South Health District at 229-333-5290 or toll-free at 866-801-5360. For more information and tips, visit the resources below, read City Beat newsletter articles, and tune into Metro Valdosta Channel 17.
Additional information is available at the CDC.