Aerial mosquito spraying in Hernando County
Brooksville, FL–The aerial mosquito spraying that was scheduled for Friday, September 29, was postponed due to weather. A small area of the county was sprayed the night of Saturday, September 30 and all remaining areas east of the Suncoast Parkway will be sprayed Sunday, October 1, starting at 8 p.m. through dawn.
The decision for aerial spraying was made due to the overwhelming increase in the mosquito population from flooding caused by Hurricane Irma, with the advisement of county health officials and in direct response to citizens’ recent requests. At this time, there have been no reported or confirmed mosquito-borne diseases in Hernando County.
The spraying is being conducted by Vector Disease Control, Inc., under contract to the Department of Agriculture. The last time an aerial spray occurred in Hernando County was after Tropical Storm Debbie in 2012.
Aerial mosquito spraying requires the controlled use of chemicals and action is taken to protect the public as well as domestic and wild animals. All public health interests are considered when taking action for aerial spraying. Multiple state and federal agencies are involved to assure such public interests are considered and met.
By law, insecticide formulations must be among those approved and registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in urban areas for mosquito control. Mosquito abatement must comply with all federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations concerning vector control. The trade name of the chemical being used for this spray is the EPA-approved Dibrom, which is routinely used for aerial spray operations to combat mosquito-borne disease. Go to www.amvac-chemical.com/Product-Details/pid/156 to learn more about this product.
Those who need to pay special attention to the aerial spraying are the following:
- Chemically sensitive people
- Butterfly gardens
- Farmers with livestock
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) standard recommendations should be followed:
- Stay inside after dusk and before dawn
- Wear protective clothing
- Remove all containers that hold water from around your house
- Spray with insect repellent containing DEET if you do need to be outside
Visit the following websites to learn more about the safety of mosquito spraying.