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Mosquito Control Aerial Spraying

SANFORD, FL, (August 10, 2017) – UPDATED... In response to recent heavy rainfall, increasing mosquito populations, and the risk of mosquito borne viruses, Seminole County will begin an aerial mosquito treatment beginning at approximately 9 pm on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 weather permitting.  The area to be treated totals 22,000 acres and is shown on the attached map.  The areas are in the rural eastern part of the County, including in and around Lake Harney, Geneva, and Black Hammock.

“Seminole County has been conducting extensive larviciding and adulticiding operations from the ground,” Gloria Eby, Director of Seminole County Mosquito Control Program.  “With the increased rains following extended drought conditions, many areas of the county are faced with extremely high numbers of mosquitoes that cannot be fully contained by our ground operations using trucks.”

Aerial applications provide a greater opportunity to reduce populations in hard-to-reach areas and have been shown to effectively disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle. Aerial applications have been used throughout the country to stem mosquito borne disease such as West Nile Virus outbreaks, and are highly effective in reducing floodwater mosquito populations.

It is not necessary to take additional precautions to safeguard livestock, pets or gardens. The decision follows as other Central Florida counties have also recently implemented aerial spraying.

The product used in this application, DUET, is registered for use with the U.S. EPA for use in mosquito population control and poses no undue risks to humans or the environment. Residents do not need to take any special precautions during the treatment. DUET is the same product that was used by Seminole County for aerial services last year.

DUET is applied at low dosage rates (1 oz/acre) using specialized equipment that automatically adjusts for aircraft speed, altitude, and wind speed.

Residents seeking additional information can visit: http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/pw/mosquito 

Treatment Area Map