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Rarely has aerial spraying for mosquitoes been greeted with as much relief as earlier this week, when Palm Beach County’s contractor returned to the skies to combat a booming bug population that had drawn complaints in northern and western parts of the county.
But Environmental Resource Management Director Rob Robbins said the aerial spraying, which cost about $100,000 and includes the entire county, is only one way to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and Denque Fever.
“Nothing that we do will reduce the threat of Zika or Denque Fever or Chickungunya as much as homeowners simply emptying containers around their yard and then covering up to prevent bites,” Robbins wrote in an email to The Palm Beach Post. “These disease-carrying aedes aegypti mosquitoes are daytime active (so night-time air-spray doesn’t get them), they breed in small containers, and they only fly the distance of a few houses as an adult.”
Yard clutter is all mosquito larvae need.
“Residents should look up high, such as clogged gutters, and under bushes, such as for old toys or tires, that may hold rain water,” Robbins wrote.
Heavy rains and high winds not only interrupted the county’s spraying campaign, Robbins said, but it brought from the Everglades.
“Generally though, when that happens, those adults have a short life and that adult population tends to diminish, sometimes before we can even get a flight up to get at them,” Robbins wrote. “Ideally, mosquito populations would remain low and we wouldn’t air-spray at all! But that isn’t realistic. Typically, we air-spray four to six times a year, largely driven by rainfall.”
With some residents concerned about the chemicals used in the spraying, Robbins said the county takes precautions to limit the risks. And the county does not use malathion, which could damage auto paint if applied with large droplets.
“We are mindful of not scheduling one air-spray right after a previous spray and running the risk of applying more chemical in the environment than is absolutely necessary,” Robbins wrote. “The chemical we use is not known to damage auto paint, especially at the very small droplet size we administer.”
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