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Miami-Dade County to Conduct Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes

MIAMI (May 16, 2017)

A contractor for the Miami-Dade County Solid Waste Management Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division will conduct mosquito control aerial spraying this evening, weather permitting.

The purpose of this aerial spray mission is to reduce the number of mosquitoes within populated areas of Miami-Dade County, where recent mosquito counts have exceeded standards and the number of complaint calls has increased. Spraying will target the black salt marsh mosquito (Aedes taeniorhynchus), a nuisance mosquito known as an aggressive biter but not considered a primary vector of major concern.

Miami-Dade County will provide the pesticide Dibrom, which is registered for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida. The mosquito control flight will take place after sunset, weather permitting, over: Homestead, Florida City, the Redlands, and areas east of U.S.1 from SW 248th Street to the Rickenbacker Causeway (see attached PDF map).

Beekeepers have been notified and are asked to keep their bees covered during spraying operations in their particular area. Reverse 911 calls will be completed today to notify residents in the affected areas. As a precaution, individuals with known allergic reactions should remain indoors during aerial application times.

Residents with questions about the aerial spraying, or complaints about mosquitoes, can visit or call the County’s Contact Center at 311.