If you live in south Tampa or southern Hillsborough County, you may have heard a low flying aircraft over your home Wednesday night. Chances are it was protecting you from pests.
Hillsborough Mosquito Control experts were hard at work getting rid of millions of mosquitoes.
Ron Montgomery leads the Mosquito Management Program and says these last 14 days of rain created a big breeding ground for these teeny, tiny pests,
“The weather kind of caught up with us and we had a lot of rainy days. Our surveillance indicates mosquito populations have exploded along the coast, which is typical and expected,” Montgomery said.
That’s why his team took flight and sprayed areas south of Gandy, as well as Apollo Beach, Gibsonton and the Palm River area.
“When we have the kind of rainfall that we’ve had and a tropical storm in there as well, it’s expected. It’s what we do. So, we are seeing the highest numbers of the year right now,” Montgomery said.
While their mission is to take out the pests, he says residents shouldn’t worry about the mist raining down from these aerial sprays.
“We spray a bacteria for the most part, that mosquitoes will eat, that will kill them. And it’s non-toxic and that’s our preferred method.”
One other way to rid your home of mosquitoes is with the county’s free fish program.
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