Over the weekend, Palm Beach County Mosquito Control was able to spray for mosquitoes in the following areas:  Jupiter Farms, Caloosa, Palm Beach Country Estates, Loxahatchee and the Acreage.  Unfortunately weather conditions deteriorated causing the operation to be canceled prior to all areas being completed. 

Tonight, Monday October 16, 2017 the county will attempt to spray Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and the communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee after sunset and weather permitting.


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  In the meantime,
please call the AirSpray Hotline 561-642-8775
for daily updates via a recorded message as to whether the spray operation
was completed or postponed for the following evening.

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                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.

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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.

  • Checking For Larvae

  • Mosquito Control Officer Fogging

  • Night UV Truck Spray

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Palm Beach County's warm tropical air and above average rain fall create the perfect environment for insects to multiply. ERM's Mosquito Control staff work hard to enhance the health and quality of life by reducing mosquito populations. Staff use chemical treatment, hormonal and bacterial larvaciding, and biological control methods. Working closely with other agencies like the Health Department, our staff act as first responders to mosquito-borne disease outbreaks as well as coordinate day to day interactions with residents on how to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in their backyard.

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There are over 3,000 species of mosquito world-wide. They ALL depend on a source of water to complete their lifecycle.

 Rid the wigglers!

Remove standing water. (old tires, gutters, flat roofs, buckets, drums, other containers)

Cover open containers tightly with a lid or with 16-mesh screen.

Empty plastic wading pools weekly, store indoors when not in use.

Store boats covered or upside down.

Fill in tree holes and hollow stumps that hold water.

Treat bromeliads and other vegetation that hold water with products containing the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis, var. israelensis.

Stock your ornamental water garden with mosquito-eating fish (e.g. minnows, Gambusia spp., goldfish, or guppies).

Repair screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.