Aerial mosquito spraying in Osceola County: important tool to control public health risk

In response to excessive rainfall, Osceola County Mosquito Control plans to begin aerial spraying of approximately 72,000 acres Wednesday between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight.

 Spraying will take place over the course of three days St. Cloud, Harmony, Deer Park, Holopaw, Kenansville and Yeehaw Junction.  

 In the event weather prohibits aerial treatment, alternate days will be Aug. 22  through Aug. 28, within the same time frame. Mosquito Control will continue to provide ground treatment via spray truck throughout the County as weather permits. Note: Ground treatments are not conducted when it is raining or if the winds are at 10 miles per hour or greater.

 Aerial spraying is important in controlling the mosquito population, as the insects pose a public health risk. As part of the aerial spraying process, Osceola County officials are in close contact with local beekeepers in order to insure they take any measures they deem necessary in advance of the aerial treatments. Spraying is done at night because bees are no longer foraging. Anyone with an apiary can contact mosquito control to be added to its contact list.

The Osceola County Health Department recommends citizens check rain gutters and other objects in their yards and around their homes for standing water, and flush out birdbaths every three days. For outdoor nighttime activities, the use of insect repellent containing DEET is recommended, as well as wearing long sleeves and pants. When returning indoors, be sure to wash off the insect repellent.     

 Drain and cover:

  • Don’t go outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress to cover bare skin, with long sleeves and pants
  • Use mosquito repellants containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-ethylbenzamide) on skin and clothing. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are other repellent options. Always read the manufacturer’s directions carefully before using a repellant, and make sure the repellant is age appropriate.
  • Dump any container around your home that is able to hold water

 If you would like to log a service request, please contact Mosquito Control at 407-742-0505.  Please provide your name, phone number and address, and staff will perform a site inspection of the area to determine treatment options.