Video Shows County is Serious About Mosquito Control
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2019) – Charlotte County is serious about mosquito control. To demonstrate this CC-TV today launched a new video fans of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote will recognize right away.
"We spray for mosquitoes from helicopters, boats, trucks, and tanks mounted on staff members," said Mosquito Control Director Scott Schermerhorn. "We deploy sentinel chickens to detect mosquito-borne viruses early. We have reporting systems that let residents tell us where mosquitoes are multiplying and show where we are spraying on any given day."
To spread the word about work performed to control mosquitoes and how residents can help reduce the number and impact of annoying mosquitoes, Schermerhorn morphed into Mosquito Man. Clad in a linen suit and a Dress, Drain, Defend cape, Mosquito Man took on his archnemesis Abby, mosquito control's outreach mascot, in a series of encounters featured in the CC-TV video production, "We're Serious About Mosquitoes."
"The title is true, but we thought we could get the message across to more people if we put a playful spin on the Road Runner cartoon," said Charlotte County Communications Manager Brian Gleason. "Anybody who watched Wile E. Coyote catapult himself off a cliff or blow himself up with a rocket will instantly relate to Abby's misadventures."
The two-minute video was launched Tuesday on Charlotte County's Facebook page, @CharlotteCountyFlorida, and YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/CCTVcharlottecountyFL. It also will air on CC-TV (Comcast channel 20 or 97) and CenturyLink Prism (channel 96).
Each year, Charlotte County Mosquito Control traps more than 40,000 mosquitoes to identify and test. It runs 500 aerial, marine and street spraying missions to kill adult mosquitoes and larvae and takes 600 blood samples from sentinel chickens deployed around the county to detect mosquito-borne viruses. Residents can report mosquito outbreaks and view spraying schedules on the county website, CharlotteCountyFL.gov. Click Mosquito Control on the Living page. Residents may also report mosquito outbreaks via the free Charlotte County app available for smart phones.