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Zika Update September 4, 2016

Starting in the early hours of Tuesday morning at approximately 2 a.m., Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control will deploy Buffalo Turbine trucks in various areas of the designated Zika zone on Miami Beach (between 8th and 28th streets).

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.

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

Truck spraying will take place over the next four weeks.
  • Late Monday/Early Tuesday: West of Washington Avenue between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
  • Late Tuesday/Early Wednesday: East of Washington Avenue between the hours of 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.
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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