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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Summer in South Florida means plenty of heat, rain and pesky mosquitoes.

The recent relentless rain across South Florida means the mosquitoes will be back in full force, as receding flood waters allow long-dormant eggs to hatch.

Broward County’s Mosquito Control Dept. has been spraying insecticide in ditches, swales and other wet sites in Broward County, where water had spread to areas that hadn’t been saturated in years.

It’s because there is a class of mosquitoes called “floodwater mosquitoes.” The females in this species lay eggs on dry or damp ground and the eggs lay dormant, sometimes for years, until the ground is flooded. When the water recedes, the eggs hatch.

That is  what is happening now across South Florida.

Broward County started spraying locations with standing water over the weekend in Dania Beach, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Davie and Fort Lauderdale.

Wednesday, the county will spray in the southwest part of the county, such as Southwest Ranches and a portion of Davie, weather permitting, from 4:00 – 6:30 a.m.

The area to be sprayed includes Griffin Road to the north, Sheridan Street to the south, Southwest 130 Avenue to the east and U.S. Highway 27 to the west.
Residents with breathing difficulties should remain indoors. Persons living in the affected area who have registered with the state to be alerted to spraying have been notified.

Spraying is done by truck and plane because the spray trucks kill larvae while aerial spraying kills the adults.

Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control is also spraying daily, especially in the southern end between Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, which are both major breeding grounds.

There are few things you can do to help minimize the number of itchy skeeter bites you’ll get simply by remembering the ‘five D’s’.

Dusk and Dawn: avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active.

Dress: wear long, loose, light-colored clothing that covers the skin.

DEET: use mosquito repellants that contain DEET

Drainage: eliminate standing water around the home in places such as buckets, cans, old tires, and plant containers.

Broward residents can request service online by visiting broward.org and clicking “mosquito services” under Online Services. Requests can also be made by calling 954-765-4062.

Miami-Dade residents with questions about the aerial spraying, or complaints about mosquitoes, can call the County’s Answer Center at 3-1-1.

These are areas that will be sprayed Wednesday:

1.         from SW 201 ST to SW 207 ST  and from  SW 80 PL  to  OLD CUTLER RD

2.         from  SW 184 ST to SW 187 TER and from SW 88 PL to SW 92 PL

3.         from SW 168 ST to SW 176 ST and from  SW 84 AVE  to SW 88 AVE

4.         from  SW 148 ST  to  SW 156 ST and from  SW 77 AVE to SW 80 AVE

5.         from SW 128 ST to SW 136 ST and from SW 56 AVE to OLD CUTLER RD

6.         from SW 58 TER to SW 62 ST and from SW 159 CT to SW 163 AVE

7.         from SW 42 ST to SW 47 ST and from SW 139 CT to SW 142 PL

8.         from SW 12 TER to SW 17 LN and from SW 149 AVE to SW 152 PL

9.         from SW 8 ST to SW 11 ST and from SW 137 AVE to SW 142 AVE

The areas sprayed this morning are the ones listed below.

1.         from SW 124 ST to SW 128 ST  and from  SW 92 AVE  to SW 97 AVE

2.         from  SW 128 ST to SW 132 ST and from SW 102 AVE to SW 107 AVE

3.         from SW 145 ST to SW 152 ST and from  SW 107 AVE  to POLK ST

4.         from  SW 146 ST  to  SW 151 ST and from  SW 82 AVE to SW 87 AVE

5.         from SW 142 TER to SW 145 TER and from SW 72  AVE to SW 75 AVE

6.         from SW 116 ST to SW 122 ST and from SW 62 AVE to SW 68 AVE

7.         from SW 102 ST to SW 106 ST and from SW 62 AVE to SW 67 AVE

8.         from SW 66 ST to SW 72 ST and from SW 66 AVE to SW 69 CT

9.         from SAN SOUCI DR to EDGEWATER DR and from SUNRISE DR to INGRAHAM HWY

10.        from FRANKLIN AVE to POINCIANA AVE and from S DOUGLAS RD to SOLANO RD

11.        from PALERMO AVE to RIVIERA DR and from SEGOVIA ST to GRANADA BLVD

12.        from SW 28 RD to SW 32 RD and from SW 1 AVE to SW 3 AVE

13.        from SE 29 CT to SE 31 CT and from SE 17 AVE to SE 12 AVE (HOMESTEAD)

14.        from SW 344 ST to SW 348 ST and from SW 187 AVE to SW 188 PL

15.        from SW 228 ST to SW 234 ST and from SW 162 AVE to SW 167 AVE

16.        from  SW 152 ST  to SW 160 ST and from SW 152 AVE to SW 157 AVE

17.        from SW 138 TER to SW 143 ST and from  SW 159 AVE to SW 162 AVE

18.        from  SW 134 ST  to SW 138 ST and from  SW 197 AVE to SW 202 AVE

19.        from SW 50 TER to SW 56 ST and from SW 157 AVE to SW 162 AVE

20.        from SW 47 TER to SW 52 TER and from SW 112 AVE to SW 117 AVE

21.        from  NW 12 ST to NW 6 ST and from SW 132 PL to SW 135 CT

22.        from GLENEAGLE DR  to ABERDEEN WAY and from  W PRESTWICK PL to S PRESTWICK PL

23.        from NW 163 ST to NW 159 TER  and from NW 77 CT to NW 79 AVE

24.        from  NW 179 ST  to NW 170 TER and from NW 59 AVE to NW 66 CT

25.        from NW 192 ST to NW 187 TER and from  NW 77 CT to NW 82 AVE

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