Mosquito Control is important to the community because of the vector potential that exists from mosquitoes in transmitting diseases and the annoyance factor in disrupting outdoor activities. The vector potential of mosquitoes stems from the female's bloodsucking habits. A mosquito can only transmit the disease after it becomes infected itself after gaining the pathogen from an infected animal or person. Various mosquito species are capable of transmitting malaria, dengue, yellow fever, filariasis, encephalitis and other diseases. The mosquito-borne disease that causes the most health concern in our area are: Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).
Public health is the primary concern of the Commission but not the only reason for mosquito control. Mosquitoes can be a nuisance to the public by affecting labor efficiency, depreciation of real estate values, and interference with outdoor activities. They can also affect the health of livestock, pets, and wild animal populations.