Leon and Wakulla Counties Offer Aerial and Truck Spraying for Mosquitoes

By: Wakulla County Office of Public Information Release Email
By: Wakulla County Office of Public Information Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida- July 19, 2012

Due to a surge in the mosquito population from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Debby, which has generated an excess of more than 5,500 service calls to Leon County Mosquito Control for spraying of yards and neighborhoods, aerial spraying for mosquitoes in
Leon County has been scheduled for Saturday evening, July 21 through Sunday morning, July 22, weather permitting.

Aerial spraying is scheduled from dusk to dawn, approximately 8:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m., in the southern portion of the County – the most severely impacted area.

The decision for aerial spraying was made due to the overwhelming
increase in the mosquito population, with the advisement of County
health officials and in direct response to citizens’ recent requests,
which are currently averaging 500 calls per day.

At this time, there have been no reported or confirmed mosquito-borne
diseases in Leon County. The Leon County Health Department advises that an aerial spray is appropriate to help prevent any potential spread of mosquito-borne disease.

An aerial effort in the southern portion of Leon County allows officials to refocus existing spraying resources towards other areas of the County that will not be within the scope of the aerial spray. Leon
County Mosquito Control has been utilizing trucks seven days a week
during evening hours. However, Tropical Storm Debby has created a level of demand that cannot be addressed with ground spraying and hand fogging alone.

Any previous service request to the County for yard or street spraying,
in the effected areas of the aerial spray zone, will be considered as
resolved after aerial spraying.

Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has indicated the
levels of the organophosphate insecticide Naled (Dibrom) released per acre of ground in aerial spraying are not harmful to humans or animals, citizens concerned about exposure to the chemical Naled (Dibrom) should stay indoors during the scheduled spraying time frame.

If inclement weather occurs, spraying is tentatively scheduled to be
moved to Sunday evening, July 22 through Monday morning, July 23.

To read a fact sheet on Naled (Dibrom) and view a larger map of Leon
County’s aerial spraying zones, please visit Leon County Mosquito
Control’s website at www.LeonCountyFL.gov/spray/ or contact Leon
County Mosquito Control at (850) 606-1400.

For more information, contact Dale Walker, Director of Operations for
Leon County Public Works, at (850) 606-1400 / WalkerDa@LeonCountyFL.gov
or Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .

NOTE: The aerial spraying schedule noted is contingent on weather
conditions. Any changes will be communicated daily to local media
partners and posted on the Leon County website.

Residents are also urged to take the following precautions to protect against mosquito bites:

 Wear protective clothing, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts and socks, if outdoors during periods of peak mosquito activity--dawn and dusk.
 Consider using a repellant with DEET if outdoors during periods of peak mosquito activity. (Always follow the directions on the label.)
 Make sure window and door screens are in good condition to stop mosquitoes from entering your home.
 Keep infants indoors during peak mosquito hours. If outside, cover cribs, bassinets and playpens with suspended mosquito netting.

Residents should also eliminate local sources of stagnant water on their property where mosquitoes breed by taking the following actions:
 Drain water from pool covers.
 Change water in birdbaths once a week.
 Dispose of used tires.
 Make sure roof gutters are not clogged.
 Empty flowerpots and containers that may hold water.
 Eliminate standing water that may be on your property.

Crawfordville, Florida- July 19, 2012

Wakulla County announces aerial spraying for mosquitoes will be conducted in certain sections of the County this Saturday, July 21st during the evening hours. While attempts are made to notify the public, if unfavorable weather conditions exist then the aerial spray may be postponed until Tuesday, July 24th. The spraying is being conducted through FEMA, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), and Wakulla County Mosquito Control.

In addition, an outside vendor contracted by DACS is also conducting street truck spraying in certain sections of the County beginning this Friday evening, July 20th through Sunday evening, July 22nd. This truck spraying differs from the service provided by the Wakulla County Mosquito Control in that they will spray along the entire street and is very effective at covering a large area.

Both aerial and truck spraying will be done with Naled, an organophosphate insecticide registered for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For a map of exact spraying locations and additional information regarding “Naled”, please visit the County website (www.mywakulla.com).

Lastly, all County residents are still able to receive home spraying through Wakulla County Mosquito Control. This service provides spray from the back of the home out to the road, but not street spraying. To receive home spraying please call (850) 926-0410.

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