Mosquitoes are swarming Southwest Florida in record numbers and they’re threatening plans for this Fourth of July weekend. As a precaution, Mosquito Control is increasing patrols.
Mark Spears is driving one of seven mosquito spray trucks carefully spread out through the coastal Cape. He’s going after the bloodthirsty bugs
“It’ll probably take four hours to treat this whole area,” he said. “Most of the coastal areas are pretty bad.”
Shelly Redovan, also with Lee County Mosquito Control, says recent rains have increased the mosquito population 10-fold.
Now two DC-3s are dumping chemicals on the north end of Pine Island.
The trucks troll the Cape. Each one drives through their area dispersing the chemical up to a 300 foot radius – killing mosquitoes within 45-minutes.
“It’s going to travel 300 to 400 feet in residents’ yards and in that 300 feet – it’s going to have a good kill rate,” Spears said.
“We’re seeing our numbers coming down – we are making a difference. However, a lot of people aren’t noticing that difference,” Redovan said.
Once this overnight spraying is finished, Mosquito Control will focus on another area.
Spears says he’ll be working through the weekend
“It looks like all of Lee County is going to be rocking and rolling with mosquitoes,” he said.
“I would still take repellant with me to any celebration I would be doing outdoors in the evening,” Redovan added.
Mosquito Control will check traps Thursday morning to find out where they’ll be spraying next.
Redovan says it will most likely be on Sanibel and in Bonita Springs.
By Joshua Repp – email