MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Summer in South Florida means heat, rain and pesky mosquitoes. If you’ve been outside recently, you know the mosquitoes are back in full force which has Miami-Dade mosquito control ready to fight back.

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Miami-Dade county will begin Wednesday or Thursday evening, weather permitting.

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The aerial spraying will help reduce the infestation of mosquitoes within populated areas where the number of complaints has increased.

The areas that will be sprayed are as follows:

  • Homestead/Florida City – From SW 191 Ave to SW 137 Ave, between SW 312 St to SW 360 St.
  • Redlands – SW 232 St to SW 400 St, between SW 192 Ave to SW 227 Ave.
  • East of US1 – From Rickenbacker Causeway to SW 248 St.

If you live in these areas, be aware that aircraft will be flying as low as 150 feet to spray. Beekeepers are asked to keep their bees covered during the spraying operations in their particular area. Individuals with known allergic reactions should remain indoors.

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

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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.

Residents who have questions about the aerial spraying, or complaints about mosquitoes, can call the County’s Answer Center at 3-1-1.

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Broward County Mosquito Control sprays areas of the county by truck and plane based on the number of calls they get.