The City of Sunny Isles Beach aims to keep residents, visitors and businesses informed on mosquito-related mitigation efforts within the City. Below you will find useful information and links.
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Important Contact Information
- Miami-Dade County residents can report mosquito nuisance issues by calling 311, visiting miamidade.gov/311direct or by using the Miami-Dade County Solid Waste Management mobile app for iPhone
- A Zika Virus information hotline through the Florida Department of Health: 855.622.6735
- Miami-Dade County Question or Inquiry: Dial 311, or report the problem online
- Sunny Isles Beach Non-Emergency Number: 305.792.1760
- To Report Standing Water in Sunny Isles Beach: 305.792.1760
- Questions Regarding the Removal of Standing Water in Sunny Isles Beach: 305.792.1735
Sunny Isles Beach Mitigation Efforts
The summer months are peak mosquito season. During this time, the City of Sunny Isles Beach and Miami-Dade County implement a number of preventative measures to mitigate the mosquito population in our area.
The Cultural & Community Services Department treats City parks for mosquitoes. The City’s contractor uses gator utility vehicles and backpack foggers to treat the targeted areas.
Our Building and Code Compliance departments routinely inspect properties for standing water throughout the City to ensure they are compliant with our code. Any findings of non-compliance are addressed to the full extent of our authority. In cases where a remedy is not immediately available, that area is treated to mitigate the breeding of mosquitoes. In addition to the above, the City takes extra measures by treating both our stormwater retention areas and our drainage catch basins throughout the City to prohibit mosquitoes from breeding. We also spray our parks and beaches during mosquito season. We contract with a licensed and environmentally-friendly mosquito control company which has services the City. Miami-Dade County also provides bi-weekly mosquito control treatments for Sunny Isles Beach, typically beginning in May and ending in November. For more information on mosquito control in Miami-Dade County, visit www.miamidade.gov/solidwaste.
Miami-Dade County will commence bi-weekly mosquito treatments beginning Friday, June 7, 2019. Treatments will take place during the early morning hours between 1 am – 5 am. These treatments will continue bi-weekly on Friday mornings.
The City of Sunny Isles Beach treats our City parks for mosquitoes monthly.
Products Being Used
The City of Sunny Isles Beach uses a product called Essentria. This product is approved by the EPA and applied by a certified professional using an ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayer. ULV sprayers put out very fine droplets that are small enough to stay airborne, consisting mostly of water. The actual amount of insecticide sprayed is very minuscule. According to both the EPA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when used in such small amounts, it does not pose a health risk to people or pets in the area to be sprayed. Nevertheless, residents and visitors who may have a health concern should remain indoors during spraying missions. You will be alerted to the approaching spray by hearing the sound of something similar to a leaf blower and seeing flashing yellow lights. For your comfort, residents are advised to stay indoors with their windows and doors closed at the time in which they hear or see the approaching fogging vehicles and wait until the vehicles pass and the fog clears before exiting. Although this product is environmentally friendly, safe for humans and pets, it is best not to breathe in the material directly. Within minutes, the fog settles and it is safe to re-enter the area.
Bti (Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis)
Miami-Dade County deploys two state-of-the-art trucks which provide greater uniformed ground coverage to effectively target breeding areas and reduce the mosquito population. The product applied is Bti.
Bti is non-toxic to humans, pets, and animals. It is a naturally-occurring bacterium found in soils and has been used in mosquito control for more than 30 years. While this treatment is safe for all pets and humans it may still be suggested to stay indoors if you hear the trucks in your area, as they will quickly pass and the treatment will settle. As a reminder, if you find residue on your cars, it comes off with soap and water, or a regular car wash.
What You Can Do To Help
In addition to all that we are doing, we are asking our residents to be proactive as well. Follow the recommendations from the Florida Department of Health “Drain and Cover” Program. Also, help us identify any areas of concern.
If you see standing water that has not been removed within 24 hours, please report it to our Code Compliance Department. If you have any technical questions regarding the removal of standing water, call the Building Department at 305.792.1735.
We will continue to work towards minimizing mosquito breeding in Sunny Isles Beach. You can take these proactive measures yourself:
- Drain standing water wherever it collects
- Cover bare skin with clothing and repellent
- Cover doors and windows with screens