Important News: Portions of Seven Cities in Broward to be Sprayed for Mosquito Larvae
The recent heavy rains in Broward are prompting the need for the Mosquito Control Section to spray some areas of the County to reduce the mosquito larvae population. The mosquito being targeted is the Aedes Aegypti, the mosquito known to carry and transmit the Zika virus.
Residents and business owners are being urged to survey their property to remove any standing water to prevent mosquito breeding, bites and diseases.
The Mosquito Control Section sprays adulticide to target biting nuisance mosquitoes that are prevalent during the heavy-rain summer months. These types of mosquitoes (salt marsh mosquitoes) are not disease-carrying and do not transmit diseases such as the Zika virus. When adulticide spraying takes place it is conducted between the hours of 4AM and 6:30AM. When spraying is taking place residents with breathing difficulties should remain indoors. People living in the area who have registered with the State of Florida’s Department of Health to be alerted prior to spraying will be notified.
To View Schedule for Adulticiding Schedule
The Mosquito Control Section will perform preventive truck larviciding with VectoBac WDG between the hours of 10PM and 6AM, weather permitting, the following dates. Call 311 to schedule larvicide spraying or view larviciding schedule here.
The spraying of larvicide using trucks is a proactive measure. There are still no active transmissions of the Zika virus in Broward County. The areas chosen for spraying are based on a number of factors including requests from the Florida Department of Health, population density, and the number of women of childbearing age in the community.
The mosquito larvicide to be used is VectoBac WDG. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM6552), a naturally occurring, biodegradable bacterial mosquito larvicide which is not harmful to humans, pets, bees, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas. It is certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and is registered for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, VectoBac WDG has been reviewed by the World Health Organization and is listed as a recommended formulation for control of mosquito larvae.
People living in the area who have registered with the State to be alerted prior to spraying will be notified.
In addition to this truck larvicide spraying, the Broward County Mosquito Control Section continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health and Code Enforcement partners in Broward's 31 municipalities to eliminate mosquitoes and their habitats.
Broward County Mosquito Control Section also treats areas of the County based on requests received from residents. To request service online, complete the Mosquito Spray Request Form. Requests can also be made by calling 954-765-4062 or 311. TTY for hearing impaired 954-831-3940