Portions of four Broward cities to be sprayed for mosquito larvae Saturday

Sep 2, 2016 by


Sections of Fort Lauderdale, Davie and Hallandale Beach to be sprayed with mosquito larvicide Thursday

The aerial spraying over sections of Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Davie and Hallandale Beach, originally scheduled for Thursday and then postponed again, is set to be done Saturday, according to Broward County Mosquito Control.

Weather permitting, the spraying, a preventative measure against the Zika virus, will be done between 6 a.m. and noon Saturday.

An airplane will fly over and administer a biodegradable bacterial mosquito larvicide, county officials said.

The areas were chosen based on a number of factors, including the one non-travel-related case of Zika in Broward County, population density and the number of women of childbearing age in the community, officials said.

In Coral Springs, the spray boundaries will be just south fo Royal Palm Blvd. to the nort, South of Ramblewood Drive to the south, West of University Drive to the east and Coral Springs Drive to the west.

In Fort Lauderdale, the area is bounded by Southwest Sixth Street to the north, Southwest 24th Street (Marina Mile Boulevard) to the south, South Andrews Avenue to the east and Southwest Ninth Avenue to the west.

In Davie, the spray boundaries are Southwest Ninth Court to the north, Southwest 28th Court to the south, South Flamingo Road to the east and Southwest 133rd Avenue to the west. This boundary excludes the area from Southwest 20th Street to Southwest 28th Court between Southwest 127th Avenue and Southwest 124th Avenue.

In Hallandale Beach, the area is bounded by Pembroke Road to the north, Southwest 11th Street to the south, Dixie Highway to the east and Southwest Eighth Avenue to the west.

Officials say the mosquito larvicide, VectoBac WDG, is not harmful to people, pets, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas. However, residents with breathing difficulties are asked to stay indoors as a precaution.

Mosquito Control also continues working with the Florida Department of Health and code enforcement to eliminate mosquitoes and their habitats throughout Broward County. Other measures include door-to-door back pack spraying, draining and treating standing water and setting up mosquito traps.

Broward County Mosquito Control also treats areas based on requests received from residents. Requests can be made at 954-765-4062.

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