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Aerial Mosquito Spraying in Osceola County

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Released By Osceola County Community Outreach/Public Information Office

In response to excessive rainfall, Osceola County Mosquito Control plans to resume the aerial spraying of approximately 17,000 acres Thursday, August 9th between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight. These applications will complete the original treatment area, which spanned approximately 50,000 acres of mostly rural Osceola County.

Spraying will take place over the course of three days and treat the following areas (see the blue shaded portions of the attached map): Deer Park, Ham Brown, Hickory Tree, Kenansville, Holopaw, Harmony, Yeehaw Junction and Southport.

In the event weather prohibits aerial treatment, alternate days will be August 12 through August 14, within the same hours of operation. Mosquito Control also will continue to provide ground treatment via spray truck throughout the County as weather permits. Note: Ground treatments are not conducted when it is raining or if the winds are at 10 miles per hour or greater.

Aerial spraying is important in controlling the mosquito population, as the insects pose a public health risk. As part of the aerial spraying process, Osceola County notifies the agricultural community.

The Osceola County Health Department recommends citizens check rain gutters and other objects in their yards and around their homes for standing water, and flush out birdbaths every three days. For outdoor nighttime activities, the use of insect repellent containing DEET is recommended, as well as wearing long sleeves and pants. When returning indoors, be sure to wash off the insect repellent.

Drain and Cover:

·      Don’t go outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active.

·      DRESS to cover bare skin, with long sleeves and pants

·      Use mosquito repellants containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-ethylbenzamide) on skin and clothing. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are other repellent options. Always read the manufacturer’s directions carefully before using a repellant, and make sure the repellant is age appropriate.

·      DUMP any container around your home that is able to hold water

If you would like to log a service request, please contact Mosquito Control at 407-742-0200.  Please provide your name, phone number and address, and staff will perform a site inspection of the area to determine treatment options.