(MIAMI, July 10, 2012) – The Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department (PWWM) is teaming up with the Air Force Reserve Command’s 910th Airlift Wing from Youngstown, Ohio, to conduct mosquito control aerial spraying operations from July 10 through July 12, 2012.
Miami-Dade County will provide the pesticide, Dibrom (also known as Naled), which is certified for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida. The 910th Airlift Wing will supply the pilots and the aircraft, a specially equipped C-130H turboprop cargo plane.
This aerial spraying mission is reminiscent of one which took place last year in July, which also involved an Air Force reserve crew and aircraft.
The aerial mosquito control flights will take place during the final two daylight hours prior to sunset, and up to 30 minutes after sunset, weather permitting. The four-engine C-130H aircraft will be flying as low as 150 feet above the ground over Homestead Air Reserve Base, Homestead, the Redlands, Florida City, areas east of US 1 and areas of western Miami-Dade County.
The purpose of this aerial spraying mission is both to train the aircrew and to reduce the infestation of mosquitoes within populated areas of Miami-Dade County where mosquito counts have exceeded existing standards, and the number of complaints has increased. Beekeepers are asked to keep their bees covered during the spraying operations in their particular area. Individuals with known allergic reactions should remain indoors.
Residents who have questions about the aerial spraying, or complaints about mosquitoes, can call the County’s Answer Center at 3-1-1.
MEDIA INTERESTED IN COVERING TODAY’S AERIAL SPRAYING, SHOULD CONTACT GAYLE R. LOVE AFTER 1:00 P.M. TODAY FOR DETAILS ON MEDIA ACCESS.