DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section provides mosquito control services throughout Delaware to maintain quality of life and protect public health by reducing the possibility of mosquito-borne illnesses.
For help with nuisance mosquitoes where you live, call one of our field offices:
The Northern Delaware Office, 302-836-2555, serving New Castle County and the northern half of Kent County, including Dover.
The Southern Delaware Office, 302-422-1512, serving the southern half of Kent County south of Dover and all of Sussex County.
The Mosquito Control Section focuses on controlling larval and adult mosquito populations and treating mosquito breeding habitats. It uses the latest Integrated Pest Management approach, combining source reduction with the judicious use of insecticides.
Dr. William Meredith
During the warmer months, Mosquito Control monitors and treats mosquito populations that emerge from wetland areas found throughout the state, including ditches, stormwater ponds, wet woodlands, and coastal salt marshes.
The Mosquito Control Section works year-round on water and marsh management projects designed to reduce mosquito populations.
The Section also provides the public with information on dealing with mosquitoes, from reducing backyard breeding to avoiding mosquito bites.
The Delaware Mosquito Control Section is part of the American Mosquito Control Association. It takes a green approach to mosquito control (from The Observer, Fall, 2001), balancing the need to control mosquito populations and protect human health, with the needs of wildlife populations, fisheries, wetland restoration, natural heritage and biodiversity, and more.
Mosquito Control in State Law (16 Del. C., Chapter 19)
W.H. Meredith and S.C. Eppes, 2017, Climate Change: Vector-Borne Diseases and Their Control — Mosquitoes and Ticks, Delaware Journal of Public Health, Vol. 3(5), DOI: 10.32481/djph.2017.10.009
How to Prevent Backyard Mosquitos (Outdoor Delaware, 2021)