FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.- The Mosquito Control Section will perform a preventive spray on Thursday, Sept. 1, for mosquito larvae in sections of Fort Lauderdale, Davie and Hallandale Beach, weather permitting, between the hours of 6AM and noon. Spraying must be conducted during daylight hours as the plane will be flying at 100 feet to effectively administer the larvicide.
In Fort Lauderdale, the area is bounded by:
-SW 6th Street to the north -SW 24th Street (Marina Blvd) to the south -S Andrews Ave to the east -SW 9th Ave to the west
In Davie, the spray boundaries are:
-SW 9th Court to the north -SW 28th Court to the south -S Flamingo Road to the east -SW 133rd Ave to the west **The area does not include SW 20th St to SW 28th Ct between SW 127th Ave and SW 124th Ave**
And in Hallandale Beach, the area is bounded by:
-Pembroke Road to the north -SW 11th Street to the south -Dixie Highway to the east -SW 8th Ave to the west
Although the Florida Depart- ment of Health has not reported any active local transmission of the Zika virus in Broward County and there are no active investigations,
the County is conducting the aerial spraying as a preventive measure. According to a press release, these areas were chosen based on a number of factors, including the one non-travel related case confirmed in Broward; population density, and the number of women of childbearing age in the community. The one confirmed case in Broward was closed by the Department of Health, and it was determined no one else was infected.
The mosquito larvicide to be used is VectoBac WDG. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM65-52), a naturally occurring, biodegradable bacterial mosquito larvicide which is not harmful to humans, pets, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas.
As a precautionary measure, residents with breathing difficulties should remain indoors. The County reported notifications have been made to persons living in the area who have registered with the State to be alerted prior to spraying.
Residents are the first line of defense when it comes to combating any mosquito. Broward County Mosquito Control encourages all residents and business owners to survey their property and remove any standing water, and any vessels that can hold standing water, such as flower pots, pet bowls, children’s toys, bottle caps, etc. Broward County Mosquito Control Section also treats areas of the County based on requests received from residents. To request service online, complete the Mosquito Spray Request Form. Requests can also be made by calling 954-765-4062.