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Larvicide spraying scheduled in Miramar to combat mosquito borne diseases


Miramar, Florida – In an attempt to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, the Mosquito Control Section has announced a larvicide spraying operation in areas of Miramar scheduled from June 12 to 14, 2024. This initiative targets the larvae of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which are known carriers of dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya.

Proactive Measures in Mosquito Management

The spraying activities will utilize truck-mounted sprayers to disperse VectoBac WDG, a larvicide that specifically targets mosquito larvae. The operation is set to take place during the nighttime hours, from 10 PM to 6 AM, to maximize effectiveness and minimize disruption to residents.

The areas designated for treatment have been carefully selected and are detailed in the attached map, ensuring that all targeted regions are covered, barring any delays due to weather or other unforeseen conditions.

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Safety and Environmental Considerations

The chosen larvicide, VectoBac WDG, contains Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM6552), a naturally occurring and biodegradable bacterial agent that is safe for humans, pets, bees, aquatic habitats, and environmentally sensitive areas. This product has undergone rigorous testing and is certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute. Additionally, it is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has been recommended by the World Health Organization for mosquito control.

Community Engagement and Responsibility

The Mosquito Control Section is also working in close collaboration with the Florida Department of Health and local Code Enforcement to reduce mosquito breeding grounds throughout Broward County’s 31 municipalities.

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Residents and business owners are urged to take an active role in this effort by regularly inspecting their properties for standing water in common breeding sites such as buckets, tires, planters, birdbaths, and fountains. Eliminating these habitats is crucial in reducing the adult mosquito population and the associated risk of disease transmission.

Residents experiencing mosquito problems can request service by calling 311 or by completing the online Mosquito Service Request Form.

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