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Published on April 17, 2024
Hollywood Braces for Mosquito-Control Operation with Eco-Friendly Larvicide VectoBac WDGSource: Unsplash/ Refat Ul Islam

Residents in parts of Hollywood should gear up for some after-dark buzzing of a different kind – mosquito control is taking to the streets. Broward County officials have announced a five-night mission to combat the wriggling larval stages of two potentially harmful mosquito species, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, known carriers of dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya, as stated on the official Broward County website. From April 23 to April 27, barring weather or other delays, specially-equipped trucks will hit the Hollywood area between 10PM and 6AM.

Using the eco-friendly larvicide VectoBac WDG, which boasts the active ingredient Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), officials plan to quell the larval populations before they can take wing; this method of mosquito management is safe for humans, pets, bees, and water dwellers alike, it's certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute and recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization to boot, ensuring that the winged nuisances meet their match while keeping collateral damage to a bare minimum.

The move is part of the Mosquito Control Section's ongoing efforts, working jointly with the Florida Department of Health and local code enforcers, to keep the buzzing biters at bay. With a mindful eye towards community health, officials urge Hollywood's denizens to take action on the home front by dumping out any standing water – the mosquito maternity wards – found lurking in objects like buckets, tires, and birdbaths, according to the county announcement.

For locals besieged by the bloodsuckers, help is just a phone call or a click away; reports of mosquito problems can be funneled through a dedicated service request line at 311, or by an online Mosquito Service Request Form on the county's website – this ensures that where the problem is, the solution follows, as outlined by the Broward County information hub.

For more information, the public can contact Anh Ton, the Director of the Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division, which not only battles the bloodsuckers but also keeps the county's roads and stormwater systems in check and is at the ready with 24-hour emergency services - they're just a call away at 954-357-6040, as mentioned by the county's media contact.

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