MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Less than 24 hours after an announcement of a new Zika zone in Miami-Dade County, Mosquito Control spraying activities are underway.
On Monday, October 17th, truck larvicide treatment is scheduled to run from 3:00 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. in the area between N.W. 79th Street to the north, N.W. 63rd Street to the south, N.W. 10th Avenue on the west, and North Miami Avenue on the east.
Truck spraying was performed Saturday targeting adult mosquitoes during the early morning hours when they are most active.
“Additional alternating treatments of adulticide and larvicide will be performed next week to reduce the mosquito counts in the area and will continue as necessary,” Miami-Dade officials said in a press release. “Mosquito Control has also deployed BG Sentinel traps in the one-square-mile area to obtain daily mosquito counts that will help the County to provide the most effective treatment plan for this new area.”
On Friday, Mosquito Control crews completed more than 200 inspections looking for mosquito breeding. Crews are returning throughout the week to ensure every property is looked at.
“From our experience in treating other areas with locally-acquired Zika, we’ve found mosquito breeding in unique spots like elevator shafts, in decorative landscaping where bromeliads are used, at storage yards and at construction sites,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “For example, the jersey barriers used for construction sites are typically filled with water. If that water is not routinely drained, the standing water inside the barriers is the perfect mosquito breeding location.”
County leaders are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Departments of Health and Agriculture to address the Zika challenge in the community.
“Our partnership with these agencies is critical to our success in managing Zika in Miami-Dade County,” said Mayor Gimenez. “They have provided guidance and professional expertise in the areas of medical entomology and vector management in response to this arbovirus. Their support and recommendations in conjunction with the work of our Mosquito Control operation have allowed us to successfully break the cycle of transmission in Wynwood.”
Mayor Gimenez added that he’s confident Miami Beach and the Little River/Little Haiti communities will see the same success.