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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Aerial mosquito spraying planned for Thursday

A contractor for the Miami-Dade County Solid Waste Management Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division will perform aerial spraying on Thursday, June 15. This aerial spray mission is in response to high mosquito trap counts and an escalated call volume reporting mosquitoes as a nuisance, and aims to reduce the number of mosquitoes within populated areas of Miami-Dade County. 

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 will take place from 8 pm until completed, weather permitting. The treatment area in our area includes Coconut Grove, Brickell Hammock, Bay Heights, and Virginia Key. Also  Homestead, Florida City, the Redlands, West Kendall, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, South Miami, Coral Gables and Pinecrest.

If the spraying cannot be performed on Thursday, the department will conduct the operation on Friday evening, June 16, weather permitting.

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.

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