FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 5, 2020
TOWN OF DAVIE AND OTHER BROWARD COUNTY CITIES TO BE SPRAYED TO REDUCE MOSQUITO LARVAE
Courtesy of Broward County
DAVIE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Broward County has confirmed a locally acquired case of West Nile Virus. As a direct response, the Broward County Mosquito Control Section will spray organic larvicide as part of an integrated pest management approach that also includes public outreach, adulticide application and setting mosquito traps. Truck-mounted larviciding will be performed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., weather permitting, August 5 - 22, 2020.
The areas being targeted are portions of Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Davie, and Southwest Ranches. (See below for map of Davie spray area)
Residents and business owners are encouraged to survey their properties frequently to remove any standing water in common mosquito habitats such as buckets, tires, planters, bird baths and fountains. By reducing the number of mosquito breeding habitats, residents will reduce the number of adult mosquitoes that could otherwise transmit diseases.
The larvicide being used is VectoBac WDG. It is not harmful to humans, pets, bees, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM6552), a naturally occurring, biodegradable bacterial mosquito larvicide. It is certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and is registered for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, VectoBac WDG has been reviewed by the World Health Organization and is listed as a recommended formulation for control of mosquito larvae.
Broward County Mosquito Control Section continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health and Code Enforcement partners in Broward’s 31 municipalities to reduce the population of mosquitoes and their habitats.
Any Broward County resident experiencing mosquito problems can request service by calling 311 or by completing the online Mosquito Service Request Form.
Map of Spray Area (Shown in red area):