City of Miami Beach Zika Update: Ongoing Mosquito Control 10.14.16


Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the City and the County, we have already begun seeing much lower mosquito counts citywide. As we enter the cooler months of the year and start to see temperatures dropping, it will only further the reduction of the mosquito population. We continue to work closely with the County to take all preventative measures to reduce mosquito borne illnesses.

Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control continues to deploy Buffalo Turbine trucks to perform

preventative spraying, below is a schedule for the City of Miami Beach:

  • Mondays: 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 & 11/21: 2:00 AM to 5:30 AM
    • West of Washington Avenue to the Bay from 8 ST to 29 ST (Larvicide)
  • Tuesdays: 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22 & 11/29: 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM
    • East of Washington Avenue to the Ocean from South Pointe to 29 ST (Larvicide)
  • Wednesdays: 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/23 & 11/30: 2:30 AM to 5:30 AM
    • 69 ST to 87 Terr from the Ocean to the Bay (Larvicide)
  • Thursdays: 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 & 11/24: 12:00 AM to 5:30 AM
    • 29 ST to 69 ST from the Ocean to the Bay (Larvicide)
  • Fridays: 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18 & 11/25: 2:30 AM to 5:30 AM
    • Islands along the MacArthur and Venetian Causeway (Larvicide)
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10/15 and 10/16: 12:00 AM to 5:30 AM
    • 29 ST to 69 ST from the Ocean to the Bay (Adulticide)

It is important to note that there will be no naled sprayed from these trucks. 

These state-of-the-art trucks provide greater uniformed ground coverage to effectively target breeding areas and reduce the mosquito population. They do so by applying Baccillus Thuringiensis Israelensis (Bti) – an environmentally-friendly, organic material.

Bti is a naturally occurring soil bacterium that works by destroying the digestive system of mosquito larvae. Bti specifically targets only the larvae of mosquitoes, fungus gnats and blackflies. According to the U.S. EPA, “Bti has no toxicity to people, so it can be applied safely to mosquito habitat without a detrimental impact on food crops or water supplies. In fact, Bti can be used for pest control in organic farming operations.” Click here for the EPA fact sheet on Bti. As a reminder, if you find residue on your cars, it comes off with soap and water, or a regular car wash.

While the trucks are a great tool in the mosquito mitigation efforts, they do mimic the sound of a lawn mower. Please do not be alarmed when you hear them.

We greatly appreciate the County’s efforts in helping rid Miami Beach of the Zika virus.

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