Miami-Dade County to conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes
A contractor for the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) is scheduled to conduct mosquito control aerial spraying operations on Wednesday morning to eliminate adult mosquitoes. The aerial spraying activity will take place at dawn, weather permitting. Should tomorrow morning’s weather conditions prevent spraying, the activity will be rescheduled for Wednesday evening at dusk.
Miami-Dade County will provide the insecticide which is certified for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The aerial mosquito control flight will take place over a ten square mile area and will include the Zika-affected area as identified by the Florida Department of Health: the area bounded by NW 5th Avenue to the west, US 1 to the east, NW/NE 38th Street to the north and NW/NE 20th Street to the south. A map of the entire spray area is available at http://gisweb.miamidade.gov/AerialSpraying.
The aerial spraying operation is being conducted to reduce the adult mosquito population within the designated area. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health, has recommended aerial mosquito treatments to control and reduce the number of mosquitoes, some of which may be capable of spreading viruses like Zika.
While it is not necessary to take any special precautions during aerial spraying activities, individuals with known allergic reactions should remain indoors.
More information and frequently asked questions on aerial spray activities is available at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/aerialspraying-factsheet.pdf. Miami-Dade residents who wish to report a mosquito nuisance should call 311. Information on the County’s Mosquito Control program is available at www.miamidade.gov/mosquito.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The aircraft being used in the spraying is scheduled to arrive at Miami Executive Airport (Kendall-Tamiami, 12800 SW 145th. Ave., Miami, Fl 33186) at approximately 4:30 a.m. on August 3, 2016. Shortly thereafter, the plane will be loaded with the insecticide to be used in the spraying, in the International Flight Center area of the airport. The International Flight Center is located in the southwestern corner of the airport (14592 SW 129th Street, Miami, FL 33186).
The plane is scheduled to take off at approximately 5-5:30 a.m. This schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.