OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. — Okaloosa County recently started its evening treatment schedule of spraying pesticide to control mosquito populations, including Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Lake Pippin, and Valparaiso.
In Niceville and Valparaiso, spraying takes place on Mondays (Valparaiso), Tuesdays (Bluewater), Wednesdays (Rocky Bayou), and Thursdays (Niceville), the county has announced.
Mosquito spray trucks generally operate starting one hour before sunset and/or in the hour after sunrise.
The county Mosquito Control Program sprays for mosquitoes county-wide excluding federal and state-owned land.
The evening treatment schedule is justified based on mosquito population surveillance data and other factors, according to the county.
Okaloosa County’s 2023 Spraying Schedule:
- C4A to Escambia Farms to Hwy 189 East
- Beaver Creek to John Riley Barn Hill to Hwy 189 West
- Crestview: Rattlesnake Bluff to Old Antioch Rd, from Aplin Rd south to Live Oak Church Rd.
- Wynnehaven Beach, Florosa, and Valparaiso
- Destin: County Line to Airport Rd
- East side of Hwy 189 to Hwy 2 to Garden City Area
- Baker and Holt South of Highway 90
- Crestview: Aplin Rd north to Hwy 90, Old Antioch Rd to Hwy 90, west of Hwy 85
- Airport Rd to Destin Bridge, Mary Esther/Fort Walton Beach and Bluewater Bay
- Holt north of Hwy 90, Baker West to Galliver Cutoff, South Poverty Creek Rd to Garden City
- Crestview: Old Bethel Rd to Airport Rd, North Airport Rd to Laurel Hill
- South Airport Rd to Hwy 90
- Streets off of Lewis Turner Blvd to Carmel Dr, Rocky Bayou, Fort Walton Beach from Brooks Bridge to Memorial Pkwy
- Auburn Rd to Poverty Creek Rd, Hwy 393 to Campton, Laurel Hill to County Line to Lake Ella
- Baker from Galliver Cutoff to Old River Rd
- Crestview: Staff Rd to Arthur Estates Area
- Shalimar, Ocean City, Mooney Rd area, and Niceville
Links to Okaloosa County’s mosquito spraying maps:
Surveillance activities may indicate certain types of mosquitoes known to be disease vectors that are active during time periods other than those noted. If this is the case, the county will respond appropriately.
In addition to spraying, the county has an aggressive larviciding program that includes more than 1,500 sites treated and monitored on a regular basis. Additionally, more than 750 ponds and areas with standing water are treated with gambusia fish which eat mosquito larva and are able to reproduce at a high rate.
The Mosquito Control Division of Public Works is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and may be reached at 651-7394 or 689-5772.
Mosquito spray schedule, preventative tips and other related information are available on the county’s website at http://www.myokaloosa.com/pw/environmental/mosquito-control.