Aerial mosquito treatment tonight in Seminole County

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The Seminole County Mosquito Control Program will begin aerial mosquito treatment tonight at approximately 9:00 p.m., weather permitting, according to a press release from the County.

“Seminole County has been conducting extensive larviciding and adulticiding operations from the ground,” Gloria Eby, Director of Seminole County Mosquito Control Program. “With the increased rains following extended drought conditions, many areas of the county are faced with extremely high numbers of mosquitoes that cannot be fully contained by our ground operations using trucks.”

The announced areas to be treated include 22,000 acres in the rural eastern part of the County, including in and around Lake Harney, Geneva, and Black Hammock.

Additional information from the release:

The product used in this application, DUET, is registered for use with the U.S. EPA for use in mosquito population control and poses no undue risks to humans or the environment. Residents do not need to take any special precautions during the treatment. DUET is the same product that was used by Seminole County for aerial services last year.

Aerial applications provide a greater opportunity to reduce populations in hard-to-reach areas and have been shown to effectively disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle. Aerial applications have been used throughout the country to stem mosquito borne diseases, and are highly effective in reducing floodwater mosquito populations.

It is not necessary to take additional precautions to safeguard livestock, pets or gardens. The decision follows as other Central Florida counties have also recently implemented aerial spraying.

Anyone wishing additional information can contact the County at 407-665-0000 or mosquito@seminolecountyfl.gov.

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