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St. Lucie County to Conduct Aerial Larviciding for Mosquitoes April 23 on South Hutchinson Island
St. Lucie County’s Mosquito Control District will use a small airplane to drop larviciding granules over mosquito impoundments on South Hutchinson Island’s mangrove marshes on Tuesday, April 23 (weather permitting).
This mission is in conjunction with the annual flooding of more than 4,400 acres of mosquito impoundments along Hutchinson Island and the western coast of the Indian River near the Indian River County line. The Mosquito Control District began pumping up the impoundments last week and will maintain the higher water levels until August and September.
Spreading granular larvicide along the marsh fringes helps to reduce mosquito breeding that could normally result as the water levels rise. The eggs of salt-water mosquitoes can rest in marsh soils along the edges of the impoundments indefinitely, hatching off once they are contacted by river water. Once the water levels of the impoundments are raised to control height, the water reduces further hatchoffs by covering the soil that is prime habitat for the salt-water mosquitoes.
This is the fourth aerial mission over Hutchinson Island this year. Prior missions were necessary due to unusually high numbers of mosquitoes, primarily due to higher-than-expected tides.
Fogging maps and schedules can be found on the district’s website at www.StLucieMosquito.org. The Mosquito Control District is dedicated to protecting people, livestock and pets from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.
Residents are reminded to protect themselves and their property in the fight against mosquitoes. To prevent mosquito bites, residents are reminded to wear light clothing that covers the arms and legs when jogging or walking in the evenings, as well as using mosquito repellant with DEET. Homeowners can also assist in the prevention of mosquito populations by practicing the “tip and toss” method of emptying containers that collect standing water around their homes and yards. Even a bottle cap of standing water can provide a breeding habitat for mosquitoes. Plants, especially bromeliads, can also serve as mosquito breeding grounds. However, there are commercial granules that can be purchased to help eliminate the threat.
To find out more what you can do to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes in your yard, please visit: www.StLucieMosquito.org.