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Taylor County to Conduct Aerial Mosquito Spraying

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By: Release

Taylor County, Florida - July 12, 2012 -

Taylor County Mosquito Control has conducted mosquito surveillance following the high levels of rainfall and resultant flooding from Tropical Storm Debby. Their counts indicate that the mosquito population in Taylor County has greatly increased, causing a hindrance to recovery operations and day-to-day outdoor activities of the general public. The Taylor County Health Department outlined in a letter to the Florida Division of Emergency Management that greatly
increased mosquito populations and increased exposure to residents, increases the potential for disease transmission.

This week the Taylor County Board of Commissioners met in emergency meetings on three occasions this week to discuss the mosquito problem. At the time, state agencies could not provide a definitive timeline on if or when aid may be available. The Board authorized staff to contract with a vendor to provide quick, and much needed, relief from the exploding mosquito to Taylor County residents. The county has contracted with Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) based in Little Rock, Arkansas to conduct aerial spraying in multiple areas of the county. VDCI will run the operation from the Perry/Foley Airport beginning the night of Friday, July 13.

VDCI manager Malcom Williams indicates that, weather permitting; the operation should be completed in two nights. Any rain delays or other issues may push the operation into Sunday.

The public should be aware that beginning Friday, July 13, 2012, perhaps two or three dual engine airplanes will be flying over populated areas at a low level of 300 feet. The spraying will
only begin at a minimum of 1 hour before sunset and will continue throughout the night. The contractor advises that the adulticide spraying method used is primarily used for smaller insects
the size of mosquitoes and other insects such as butterflies and bees should not be affected by the night time spraying. The county has received authorization from the Federal Aviation
Administration, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management to conduct this spraying.

Questions regarding the aerial spray operations can be directed to the Emergency Operations Center at (850) 838-3575.


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