Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in western areas will be attempted on Friday, September 22, 2017 at sunset
The planned coverage area of approximately 270,000 acres includes all communities west of Military Trail.
Due to a large mosquito hatch from Hurricane Irma, the Palm Beach County Division of Mosquito Control has conducted several attempts to spray for mosquitoes by helicopter. Unfortunately the past four attempts have been canceled due to wind speeds that exceeded legal limits for the operation. Should weather conditions prevent spraying, the airspray will occur the first evening weather conditions allow. To find out if spraying operations were successfully completed, call our AirSpray Hotline for a recorded message at 561-642-8775.
Aerial spraying is necessary to control the mosquito population that has increased since Hurricane Irma. To further help control mosquitoes, residents are asked to drain or minimize standing water on their properties.
If you are going outdoors after dark, be sure to use an insect repellent containing DEET and wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt.
Mosquito Control staff are in the field monitoring and applying larvacide to areas of standing water left by Hurricane Irma.
Here are some important things to know and do that will help us in our fight against the bite!
• MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! Homeowners can:
1. Empty all containers of standing water, including clogged gutters.
2. Purchase small packets of mosquito larvacide from Home Depot, Lowes or other stores to apply to small areas of standing water that persist for at least a week to ten days.
• The first stage in the mosquito life cycle is as free-swimming larvae.
• The larvae live in standing water that persists for at least a week to ten days and that does not have fishes to eat the larvae – so not open lakes, etc.
• Over the next week to ten days, we will be out in our trucks applying larvacide to these areas of standing water.
• For those mosquitoes that do emerge as flying, biting adults, we will get most of them by aerial spraying from a helicopter.
• Not all mosquitoes emerge at the same time, so we will time the helicopter spray for the main body of emergence. Therefore, there may be a few days of some hungry mosquitoes before the helicopter goes up.
• The helicopter covers the entire County generally west of Military Trail. Areas east of Military Trail are covered more effectively by use of spray trucks.