Elsa aftermath causes the city of Gainesville to spray mosquito control


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Mosquitoes have a tendency to reproduce more after storms like Elsa and Gainesville Public Works hit the streets to keep these pests under control.

According to Gainesville’s chief entomologist Peter Jiang, mosquito eggs are usually laid months or years in advance and all they wait for is water and heat to reproduce.

He said the pest numbers could grow rapidly if they are not ahead of the situation.

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“They are waiting for the water,” said Jiang. “So there will be water everywhere and then mosquito larvae will hatch from the egg and from the larvae to the adult.”

Year round, mosquito control will track the pest with these devices to know which areas to focus on, and the sprayers will be outside late at night and early in the morning Monday through Thursday.

The city strongly encourages residents to do their part by emptying all water containers such as tires or old bottles and changing the water in paddling pools in your home.

“The majority are grown in small containers and out of the property of the residents,” Jiang said. “That is why mosquito control calls on everyone to do their part.”

Spray schedule:

Monday 7/12: Zone 1, 6 and 15

Tuesday 7/13: Zone 12, 13 and 14

Wednesday, July 14th: Zone 2, 5 and 7

Thursday, July 15th: Zones 9, 10, 11 and 16

You can find zone plans here.

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