Hernando County gets help with mosquito outbreak

Posted at 7:21 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 19:21:05-04

Help is on the way for those battling the mosquito outbreak in Hernando County.  Since flood water has risen on the Withlacoochee River the mosquito population has exploded.
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Mosquito experts say there are 50 times more mosquitoes in the area than normal.
Mosquito control says a trap that normally catches 500 mosquitoes this time of year has caught 26,000 mosquitoes. The Center of Disease Control made the decision to call for help.
With the county still in a state of emergency from Hurricane Irma they won't have to pay a dime to hire Vector Disease Control to come in and do an aerial assault.
The aerial spray starts at 8 PM Friday night and goes until Saturday at 5 AM. All areas east of the Suncoast Parkway are in the target zone, since the county says that area has the biggest problem. So beekeepers, people with butterfly gardens and anyone sensitive to chemicals are warned to take extra precautions.