(MIAMI-DADE, FL, September 21, 2012) – The Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department’s Mosquito Control Section will begin aerial spraying of adult 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 areas that will be sprayed are as follows:
- NW 155 Street to NW 95 Street, between NW 22 Avenue to I-95.
- SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway) to Coral Way, between SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) to NW/SW 37 Avenue.
- From SW 232 Street to SW 400 Street, between SW 187 Avenue to SW 227 Avenue.
- From SW 304 Street to SW 360 Street, between SW 137 Avenue to 187 Avenue.
Residents are advised that aircraft will be flying as low as 150 feet to spray over the areas listed above. After spraying, the reduction in mosquito populations depends on existing conditions, such as rain and/or wind blowing from breeding grounds.
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 seek blood, namely at dusk and dawn.
- 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 plants such as bromeliads.
Residents who have questions about the aerial spraying, or complaints about mosquitoes, can call the County’s Answer Center at 3-1-1.