Mosquito spraying in effect throughout Hardee County

From Hardee County Emergency Management:

In response to a Mosquito Borne-Illness Alert, Mosquito Control plans to begin helicopter aerial spraying to control adult mosquitoes on Monday, November 27th starting at dusk. Other planned dates are Thursday, November 30th, and Monday, December 4th. Aerial flights will be done during the day for the purpose of surveying the planned areas to be sprayed. No daytime aerial spraying will be conducted.

Spraying will take place over the Town of Zolfo Springs, City of Wauchula, and the City of Bowling Green.

Aerial spraying is important in controlling the mosquito population, as the insects pose a public health risk.

The Hardee County Health Department recommends citizens check rain gutters and other objects in their yards and around their homes for standing water, and flush out birdbaths every three days. For outdoor nighttime activities, the use of insect repellent containing DEET is recommended, as well as wearing long sleeves and pants. When returning indoors, be sure to wash off the insect repellent.

Drain and Cover:

➤ Don’t go outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active.
➤ DRESS to cover bare skin, with long sleeves and pants
➤ Use mosquito repellants containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-ethylbenzamide) on skin and clothing. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are other repellent options.
Always read the manufacturer’s directions carefully before using a repellant, and make sure the repellant is age appropriate.
➤ DUMP any container around your home that is able to hold water.
➤ DISCARD old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that aren’t being used.
➤ EMPTY and CLEAN birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week.
➤ PROTECT boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
➤ MAINTAIN the water balance (poolchemistry) of swimming pools. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use. Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

Any questions, please call the Hardee County Health Department at 863-773-4161.

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