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.
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.
Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control treats municipalities throughout the County for mosquitoes, deploying two state-of-the-art trucks which provide greater uniform ground coverage to effectively target breeding areas and reduce the mosquito population.
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 that services the City.
Miami-Dade County begins bi-weekly mosquito control treatments in Sunny Isles Beach every spring. These treatments continue throughout mosquito season and into the fall. These treatments take place bi-weekly on Friday mornings.
The City of Sunny Isles Beach treats our City parks and beach access paths for mosquitoes monthly. The City’s contractor uses gator utility vehicles and backpack foggers to treat targeted areas.
Products Being Used
VectoBac – Bti (Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis) – Miami-Dade County
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.
Mosquito Free – City of Sunny Isles Beach
Mosquito Free is both organic and kosher, and made from natural ingredients including cedar oil. The product works as a pheromone inhibitor that triggers instant erosion and dehydrates the insect’s exoskeleton.
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
Have Questions about Mosquito-Borne Illness?
Learn more about mosquito-borne illnesses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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