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Miami-Dade County again cancels aerial spraying due to inclement weather

Second consecutive evening of stormy weather causes cancellation of aerial mosquito control operation

MIAMI (June 16, 2017)

The aerial mosquito control spraying operation scheduled for tonight, Friday, June 16, 2017, has been canceled as a result of unfavorable weather in the treatment area. The Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) Mosquito Habitat and Management Division will continue to monitor the weather and reschedule the aerial spraying activity when conditions improve.

“Conducting aerial spraying missions during windy and rainy weather is ineffective, killing very few mosquitoes and causing the adulticide to drift away from the targeted areas,” says Chalmers Vasquez, DSWM’s Mosquito Control Surveillance Manager. “As always, we try to ensure that each spraying mission is as efficient as possible, and these weather conditions are simply not conducive for this to occur.”

County officials urge residents to do their part to fight the bite and limit mosquito breeding by continuing to drain any standing water surrounding their property, applying mosquito repellent when outdoors, and wearing clothing that covers the skin to avoid mosquito bites.

Anyone with questions about the aerial spraying operation or complaints about mosquito nuisance is encouraged to call the County’s Contact Center at 311 or visit www.miamidade.gov/mosquito.