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Miami-Dade County reschedules aerial spraying for mosquitoes to Friday night

MIAMI (June 16, 2017)

Following the cancellation of last night’s aerial spray mission due to adverse weather conditions, the flight has been rescheduled to occur this evening, Friday, June 16, 2017, weather permitting.

A contractor for the Miami-Dade County Solid Waste Management’s Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division will perform aerial spraying in response to high mosquito trap counts and an escalated call volume reporting mosquitoes as a nuisance. Spraying will mostly 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 (also known as naled), which is registered for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida.

The mosquito control flight is scheduled to take place from 8 p.m. until completed. While the flight is scheduled for takeoff at 8 p.m., it is subject to delay due to weather. If delayed, the aerial spraying could be completed overnight in the pre-dawn hours of June 17th. If weather conditions are not conducive for takeoff or continued flight, the flight will be canceled.

Aerial spraying is scheduled to take place over: Homestead, Florida City, the Redlands, West Kendall, and areas east of U.S. 1 from S.W. 248th Street to the Rickenbacker Causeway, covering parts of Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, South Miami, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and Miami (see attached map in PDF format).

Individuals with known allergic reactions should remain indoors. Beekeepers are asked to keep their bees covered during spraying operations in their particular area.

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