The Orange County Mosquito Control is expected to begin spraying aerial mosquito treatments this week in areas that experienced prolonged flooding due to Hurricane Ian.
A release from Orange County shared that approximately 93,000 acres in the area have been identified to have an increased mosquito population and will be slated for treatment, including Apopka, Bithlo, Christmas, Hunter’s Creek, Union Park, and Wedgefield.
The county is spraying in order to negate the elevating number of mosquitos as they are known to transmit illnesses to humans. The treatment is called Naled and it is allegedly not harmful to livestock, pets, or gardens. It’s an organophosphate insecticide and is often used to control other insects like fruit flies and dog flies, and kills mosquitoes on contact.
Literature on the chemical, provided by Orange County, states that they use very small doses to treat mosquitos and that the levels need to be substantially higher to be toxic to larger organisms like fish and mammals, though they can be toxic to bees and other insects – though it is often applied in the early morning or evening hours when bees are not out searching for food.