Reporting Lisa Cilli
BROWARD COUNTY (CBS4) – The frontline of South Florida’s war on mosquitoes is moving to Broward County this weekend.
Broward County’s Mosquito Control Section will spray for mosquitoes in the southwest part of Broward County on Saturday, July 30, weather permitting. The areas to be sprayed include Southwest Ranches, and western portions of Pembroke Pines and Miramar.
The spraying is in response to a large influx of tiny, blood-sucking mosquitoes that have proven to be a big nuisance across the county.
The aerial spraying will be conducted between 4 and 6:30 a.m. Residents with breathing difficulties should remain indoors. Residents who have registered with the state to be alerted to spraying have been notified.
The area to be sprayed includes Griffin Road to the North, Honey Hill Road/Countyline to the South, 184th Avenue to the East and U.S. Highway 27 to the West.
Seasonal rains, normally associated with the summer months, have contributed to the increase in mosquitoes. Officials say South Florida’s long drought dried up lots of areas in the Everglades and gave mosquitoes plenty of places to lay their eggs. A combination of rain, which allowed the eggs to hatch and wind have caused a particularly bad season this year in both Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
Broward County Mosquito Control Section sprays areas of the County by truck and plane, based on requests received from residents. To request service online, visit www.broward.org and click “Mosquito Services” under Online Services. Requests can also be made by calling (954) 765-4062.
In Miami-Dade, anyone with questions about the spraying should contact Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division at (305) 592-1186, or dial 311. You can also request to be put on a list to receive alerts before the county sprays so that you can avoid being outdoors.