PBC Mosquito Control: Spraying To Happen After Irma

 

After the rains from Hurricane Irma, do we have to be concerned about a rash of mosquitoes breeding in Palm Beach County? 

We asked Chris Reisinger, Environmental Analyst at Palm Beach County Mosquito Control.

"We've found a number of juvenile mosquitoes (larvae) in the water.  The levels really aren't that much higher than pre-Irma."

He says areas like St. Lucie County, that had more rainfall from Irma have more to be concerned about when it comes to mosquitoes, but spraying is still likely to happen this week.

'A lot of people are going to be outside still cleaning up their yards, rebuilding fences and last thing we want is for them to be attacked by mosquitoes, so we'll do what we can to prevent that."

Reisinger tells us the mosquito numbers were up in western communities before the storm.

"We were actually thinking about spraying before the storm even.  The mosquito numbers, especially out west near 441...they're reaching levels that are over the threshold required for spraying."

So, those areas were checked on Monday and aerial spraying is now scheduled for Tuesday evening, weather permitting.  Spraying will occur in all areas of the county, west of Military Trail.

It will be for what are known as "nuisance" mosquitoes, and disease is not a concern.

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