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Low-flying aircraft to be used for mosquito control

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Oct 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-21 12:54:33-04

CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) – Due to the impacts from Hurricane Michael in Calhoun County, mosquito control will be implemented through aerial insecticides applied by low-flying aircraft.

A vendor contracted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will address mosquitoes by aerial spraying of insecticides on Tuesday, October 23.

According to officials, mosquito eggs laid in wet soil and standing water hatch in great numbers following hurricanes, resulting in large nuisance mosquito populations.

Mosquito adulticides are applied as ultra-low volume (ULV) sprays. ULV sprayers dispense very fine aerosol droplets that stay aloft and kill flying mosquitoes on contact. ULV applications involve small quantities of pesticide active ingredient in relation to the size of the area treated, typically less than 3 ounces per acre, which minimizes exposure to people and the environment.

Residents can also take steps to help control mosquitoes in and around their homes to prevent mosquito bites: Remove standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers.