South Tampa to be sprayed for mosquitoes Thursday

- The county said it will spray the pesticide Anvil 10+10 ULV over roughly 6,070 acres. Kara Walker with Hillsborough County said crews use trucks to spray the same chemical on a nightly basis in South Tampa, and the chemical was FDA approved for use in populated areas. 

If weather or mechanical issues prevent this treatment Tuesday, the mission will be rescheduled for Friday, July 1, or Saturday, July 2, from 8 to 11 p.m.

The spraying will be done by a Bell Jet Ranger 206 helicopter at an altitude of 300 feet.

Stop Mosquitoes from Living and Multiplying Around Your Home

The following information was provided by Hillsborough County Mosquito Control.

Hillsborough County Mosquito Control said its preparing to treat Tampa neighborhoods south of Gandy Boulevard on Thursday, June 30 from 8 to 11 p.m. by air.

The boundaries of the areas to be sprayed are:

- North Boundary: West Gandy Boulevard
- South Boundary: MacDill Air Force Base
- East Boundary: Hillsborough Bay
- West Boundary: Picnic Island

Residents may have standing water around their homes that can support the breeding of mosquitoes. Follow these tips from the Florida Department of Health to help prevent mosquito breeding:

- Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, buckets, watering cans, kiddie pools, and any other containers where rainwater has collected.
- Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that may collect water.
- Clean out rain gutters and downspouts regularly.
- Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
- Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.
- Keep swimming pools in good condition, and maintain chlorination.

For more information on this spraying, contact Hillsborough County Mosquito Control at (813) 635-5400. For more information on the Hillsborough County Mosquito Control Unit and tips on preventing or reducing mosquitoes, visit HillsboroughCounty.org/Mosquito.

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