FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 22, 2019
SEVERAL AREAS OF COUNTY TO BE SPRAYED TO REDUCE MOSQUITO LARVAE
Parts of six cities will be sprayed by truck
BROWARD COUNTY, FL.- Recent heavy rains are prompting the need for the Mosquito Control Section to spray several areas of the County to reduce the mosquito larvae population. Preventative truck larviciding will be proactively performed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 p.m., weather permitting, on August 26 – September 14, 2019. The areas being targeted are portions of Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Davie, Miramar, Pembroke Pines and Southwest Ranches. (See below for maps of the spray areas).
Residents and business owners are encouraged to survey their property frequently to remove any standing water in common mosquito habitats such as buckets, tires, planters, birdbaths, fountains etc. By reducing the number of mosquito habitats, residents are also reducing the likelihood of mosquito breeding, getting mosquito bites and potentially contracting diseases.
The larvicide being used is VectoBac WDG. It is not harmful to humans, pets, bees, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM6552), a naturally occurring, biodegradable bacterial mosquito larvicide. It is certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and is registered for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, VectoBac WDG has been reviewed by the World Health Organization and is listed as a recommended formulation for control of mosquito larvae.
People living in the targeted areas who have registered with the State will be notified 24 hours prior to spraying.
Broward County Mosquito Control Section continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health and Code Enforcement partners in Broward's 31 municipalities to reduce the population of mosquitoes and their habitats.
Any Broward County resident experiencing mosquito problems can request service by calling 311 or by completing the online Mosquito Service Request Form.
About Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division
The Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance and construction of County road and highway projects, curbs and gutters, guardrails, rights-of-ways, sidewalks, storm water systems, streets, swales and trees, and mosquito control. Staff resources are available for 24-hour emergency services. Call 954-357-6040 for more information.
Broward County Media Contact:
Anh Ton, Director
Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division
PHONE: (954) 357-6040
EMAIL: [email protected]
Leona Henry, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Assistant
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