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Larvicide Distribution

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Highlands County Board of County Commissioners to Distribute Larvicide to control Mosquito Population with an Eye on Zika

 

Sebring, FL, The Highlands County Board of County Commissioners along with the Highlands County Health Department and with the assistance of the City of Avon Park, City of Sebring, Town of Lake Placid, Sun N Lake Improvement District and Spring Lake Improvement District is preparing to mitigate the mosquito population, and staff is keeping a watchful eye on the emerging Zika virus. 

 

While the virus is currently not in the area, Highlands County is conducting surveillance, mapping and training, and working with state and national officials to monitor mosquito populations that are able to transmit Zika.

 

“We are being vigilant for any sign of a locally transmitted Zika case,” said June Fisher, County Administrator.  “Our control approach is to apply suppression measures now since the Aedes mosquito is common in our area and we want to minimize the potential for any local outbreaks.”

 

Zika virus, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, experienced a surge in Central and South American countries beginning in 2015, causing fever, rash, joint pain and pinkeye (conjunctivitis).  Health officials also suspect that the virus may cause microencephaly in babies whose mothers contract the virus while pregnant.   

 

Unlike West Nile mosquitoes, the Zika mosquito is a day-biting mosquito that doesn’t travel far from its breeding site.

 

“The Aedes aegypti mosquito is known as a ‘backyard breeder’ and ‘container’ breeder,” said James Brooks, Chair.  “They can breed in water as small as a tablespoon, and their preferred host is humans.  It’s absolutely essential that homeowners eliminate all standing water in their yards.”

 

New protocols are also needed to combat Aedes aegypti.  “Because they are day biters, the normal protocols to fight West Nile don’t always apply,” said Brooks. 

 

Larvicides are needed to prevent mosquito eggs from developing and for this reason we are providing Natular® DT starting on September 12, 2016 and while supplies last at the following locations:

 

Avon Park:                   Avon Park City Hall

                                    110 E. Main Street

                                    Avon Park, FL 33825

                                    Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

 

Lake Placid:                 Town Lake Placid

                                    311 West Interlake Blvd.

                                   Lake Placid, FL 33

                                    Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Sebring:                       Sebring City Hall

                                    368 S. Commerce Ave.

                                    Sebring, FL 33870

                                    Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

                                   

Other locations:            Sun N Lake Improvement District

                                    5306 Sun N Lake Blvd.

                                    Sebring, FL 33872

                                    Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

 

                                    Highlands County Extension Office                                                (Master Gardeners Program)

                                    4509 George Blvd.

                                    Sebring, FL 33875

                                    Monday thru Friday 9:30 to 3:30 pm

                                   

                                    Spring Lake Improvement District

                                    115 Spring Lake Blvd.

                                    Sebring FL 33876

                                    Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

                                   

                                    County Health Department Offices (at                                             regular posted hours)

                                    7205 S. George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875

                                   106 N. Main Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852

                                   400 S. Lake Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825

 

We’re reviewing best practices from areas that are used to combatting diseases like Dengue and Chikungunya – both spread by the Aedes mosquito.”

 

For more information about the distribution of this tablets please visit www.hcbcc.net

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