PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Broward County Mosquito Control works 24/7 to kill mosquitoes that can potentially carry disease and cause those annoying itchy bites.
They prepare to spray the area with the Larvicide chemicals, which will be transported by special trucks.
BCMC showed Local 10 News how they work, spraying water through the trucks instead of chemicals.
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They study the mosquitoes they have caught across the county.
The working experts say that identifying the mosquitoes helps them understand their biology and get a better idea of their feeding habits and biting activities.
“It gives us a really good view of what type of treatment we need to do where,” said Adriana Toro, Division Director of Highway and Bridge Maintenance for Broward County.
For now, that means house and area inspections for standing water and treating larvae during the day.
Also spray large areas to kill adult mosquitoes and larvae at night.
Broward County residents can submit a mosquito repellent request to determine needs in your area.
Service requests are processed as quickly as possible depending on request volume and weather conditions. You can also contact Mosquito Control by dialing 311 or (954) 765-4062 from a mobile device.
Click here for Mosquito Service Request Form
Here are some tips to keep the walkers at bay.
Prevent mosquitoes from multiplying
Females breed by laying eggs in standing water, so at least once a week empty, turn over, or cover things that may hold water, such as toys, tires, buckets, bird baths, car or boat covers, gutters, dumpsters, etc.
Store outdoor items in a covered area if they can hold standing water.
Keep flower pots and saucers free of standing water, and hose down water-retaining plants like bromeliads once a week.
Keep mosquitoes out
Make sure all your windows have screens and repair any holes in your screens immediately.
Keep doors and windows closed and use air conditioning whenever possible.
Use EPA-approved insect repellents
Wear insect repellent outdoors. Keep Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents at home and in your car ready to use. Always follow the product instructions.
Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-menthane diol, and IR3535 are effective.
Do not use repellent on babies under two months old.
Spray the repellent on your hands and then apply it to your child’s face. Avoid their eyes, nose, mouth and hands and avoid cuts or irritated skin.
Dress babies and young children in clothing that covers their arms and legs, and cover strollers, cribs, or baby carriers with mosquito nets.
Do not spray repellent on skin covered by clothing.
Repellant is applied after sunscreen.
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