OKEECHOBEE – Local authorities in Okeechobee County have announced that adult mosquito control applications will commence on Friday, Aug. 23, during the overnight hours weather permitting.
The backup date in the case of inclement weather is overnight Saturday, Aug. 24.
Adulticide attacks adult mosquitoes with a truck-mounted application of ultra-low volume spray.
“Even though the daily rainfall has abated, we are still seeing increased numbers of mosquito’s at out trap sites around the county.” said Mitch Smeykal, Emergency Management Director. According to Mr. Smeykal, all insecticides used have been approved specifically for this purpose and are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
However, if people wish to avoid potential exposure to insecticide they should stay indoors and close the windows during spraying hours.
Residents can still help to reduce mosquito populations around their homes this summer by:
To report high concentrations of mosquito residents can call the Clarke Mosquito Hotline at 1-800-203-6485. Hours Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After hours you can leave a message which will be charted the next business day. Contacting Clarke directly allows for mapping for potential future treatments.