Some environmental considerations:

IRMCD carries out its mission with the goal of protecting residents and visitors while taking into consideration our local environment which includes the Indian River Lagoon, one of our country's most diverse estuaries.  As professional biologists and entomologists, we have a sincere appreciation of our local environment. 

What we are doing towards achieving this goal:

    • Impoundments are managed via Rotational Impoundment Management (RIM) to minimize the use of pesticides while allowing the marshes to carry out most of their natural functions.
    • Biorational larvicides are used for the control of mosquito larvae.  These include the insect growth regulator methoprene and the bacterial products Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis and spinosad.
    • ULV truck spraying is done in the evening when mosquitoes are most active and honey bees and other beneficial insects are not.
    • At our office, we provide nesting tubes for native bees and flowering plants that they use as food.
    • We are one of the few organizations in the U.S. whose compound is certified for using special night lighting that does not affect as many insects and other creatures as does traditional lighting. US Fish and Wildlife & Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Lighting Certified Areas
    • Wildlife Lighting Logo LARGE