(MIAMI, July 2, 2012) – The Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department’s Mosquito Control Section will perform aerial spraying for mosquitoes tonight, weather permitting. The purpose of this aerial spraying is to reduce the infestation of mosquitoes within populated areas where mosquito counts have exceeded existing standards, and the number of complaints has increased. The aerial spraying comes in time to provide relief from mosquitoes for the upcoming Independence Day holiday.
Residents are advised that aircraft will be flying as low as 350 feet. Beekeepers are asked to keep their bees covered during the spraying operations in their particular area. Individuals with known allergic reactions should remain indoors.
Miami-Dade residents can help reduce the nuisance caused by mosquitoes by remembering the "five Ds:"
- Dusk and Dawn—avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active.
- Dress—wear long, loose, light-colored clothing that covers the skin.
- DEET—use mosquito repellants that contain DEET
- Drainage—eliminate standing water around the home in places such as buckets, cans, old tires, and plant containers.
Residents who have questions about the aerial spraying, or complaints about mosquitoes, can call the County’s Answer Center at 3-1-1.