Crews Spraying Around The Clock After A Billion Mosquitoes Blown In By Storms

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BROWARD (CBSMiami) – All the rain – and storms that go with it – is making mosquito season almost unbearable.

“They’re right up there with roaches,” said Kysha Rodriguez-Chomat. “Do they really serve a purpose?  Where are they on the food chain?”

South Florida residents like Rodriguez-Chomat and Anjo Molina said it feels like the mosquitoes are everywhere.

“It’s like revenge of mosquitoes this year!” Molina said.

Well, Molina’s hunch was right. Broward Mosquito Control says billions of salt marsh mosquitoes were blown in from the Everglades by recent storms.

“It’s a tremendous number of mosquito right now.  This in the most we’ve seen in quite a while, many years,” said Anh Ton with Broward Mosquito Control.

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Crews in Broward are working overtime to kill the annoying pests.

Over the past two weeks, they’ve been getting about a thousand calls a day from people who want spraying near their homes.

“Mostly from the western part of the county – Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Miramar,” said Ton.

In Miami-Dade, they’re only getting about 75 calls a day.

The difference is Miami-Dade’s western areas are less populated than Broward’s – and they’ve used aerial spraying with Naled twice this summer to control the population.

In Broward, using Naled is rare.

“We only do that when we receive an extraordinary number of calls and when the elected officials in that municipality request that,” explained Ton.

“So a request for Naled has to be put in?” CBS4’s Ted Scouten asked him.

“Correct,” he responded.

At the same time, both counties are working on Zika prevention.

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Broward Mosquito Control is applying for a patent for its newest method. They’ve created a nozzle that makes the spray droplets so small that it spreads further and uses half as much product.

“We were able to redesign it to get the droplet size so small that it shoots up in the air and it gets into people’s back yards,” explained Ton. “It’s lite enough, it’s small enough, that the wind will take care of the rest.”

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  1. Perry Bonney says:

    Salt Marsh mosquitoes are endangered, although they are the densest-breeding mosquito here in the United States. Great bird and dragon-fly food.

    All the same, I’ve had enough of mosquito bites and don’t envy these folks any.

  2. Then get a federal grant to spray the everglades.

  3. I live in central Florida. I hardly ever see a mosquito or mosquito larva in standing water etc. . There are more mosquito in Atlanta.

  4. “They’re right up there with roaches,” said Kysha Rodriguez-Chomat. “Do they really serve a purpose? Where are they on the food chain?”

    They appear to be one step above you on the food chain, or you wouldn’t be so concerned…

  5. The genetically altered mosquito control program works. We had massive mosquito problems here in Panama. They started releasing altered mosquitos about 4 years ago. Now we have almost none. Before all you had to do was clap your hands to kill several. Hooray for modern science.

  6. Tony Konte says:

    DDT works great I have seen in literally in action. Thank Rachel Carson for it being band because it kills children don’t you know and YET I was a child then in the 1950’s and was sprayed with it often yet I am still alive. Of course just like Al Gore she had non existent credentials supporting her preaching.

  7. Jack Pod says:

    Can’t they somehow redirect them to Washington, DC?

  8. What rain? What storms? I live in eastern Palm Beach County and this has been the driest wet season I have seen in my 3 decades living in south Florida. Other than a few days of heavy rain in early June, there has been no measurable precip where I live.

    1. ruby1945 says:

      And I have lived in SWFL for 27 years and this is the wettest year I remember!

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