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Mosquito Control In Palm Beach Gardens

September 24, 2016

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Recently, there have been more and more Zika cases popping up across South Florida, including several cases found in Palm Beach County.  This can be very frightening to locals in the area; I know that it has me worried.  It can be comforting to know what your local government is doing to protect its citizens and prevent the further spread of the Zika virus.

Are you a resident of Palm Beach Gardens?  Anybody living within the city-limits should know about the Mosquito Control Program that was established by the City of Palm Beach Gardens’ Public Services Division.  In accordance with Florida Statute 388, which outlines regulations for safe and effective mosquito control in the state of Florida, city officials implemented a comprehensive Mosquito Control Program beginning May 2016 through October 2016 that includes the spraying of the adulticide Duet and the use of the larvicide Natular T-30 tablets as well as informing their citizens about the Zika virus. 

Under normal circumstances, the city does routine spraying twice each year during the summer months.  In 2016, a third round of spraying was needed due to increased rainfall.  And more recently, with all of the Zika cases being reported so close to home, the City of Palm Beach Gardens decided to conduct yet another round of spraying, but for this fourth round they spiced it up a little with a fancy new pesticide called Duet.  This begs the question: Should we be concerned or excited about the addition of Duet?

Duet is a highly recommended dual-action adulticide that specifically combats the Zika-carrying Aedes mosquitoes.  This new and expensive chemical Duet is comprised of two proven active ingredients: prallethrin and sumithrin.  Both active ingredients are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for controlling the spread of the Zika virus.

Prallethrin and Sumithrin are pyrethroids which are synthetic insecticides designed to mimic the naturally-occurring pyrethrins found in chrysanthemum flowers.  They effectively kill all kinds of insects by attacking their nervous systems, but if they are used at night when mosquitoes are more active then they will not harm beneficial insects that are active during the day, like butterflies.  The City of Palm Beach Gardens conducts spraying with Duet that only occurs from dusk until 10pm, depending on weather.

Sure Duet is effective, but is it safe?  The short answer is that yes, Duet is safe.  After holding multiple extensive risk assessments over several years, in 2011 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confidently concluded that prallethrin and sumithrin do not pose a threat to either children or adults, and Duet officially became an EPA-approved product. 

The City of Palm Beach Gardens’ comprehensive Mosquito Control Program also includes larvicide treatment for which city officials are using Natular T-30 tablets to treat any standing water found in catch basins, ponding grass areas, and manholes within the city limits.   Natular T-30 tablets are safe products that are developed by Clarke, which is the same company that makes Duet.  Killing mosquitoes off in the larvae stage is ultimately the safest and most effective prevention method because it does not give mosquitoes the opportunity to become disease-transmitting adults.  Here at Nozzle Nolen we highly recommend the use of any EPA-registered larvicides to stop standing water from becoming a mosquito breeding ground.

In addition, the City of Palm Beach Gardens intends to limit the spread of Zika by raising awareness and providing easy-access to information.  City officials have posted signs about the Zika virus in parks and public facilities throughout Palm Beach Gardens to help raise awareness, and they set up a Zika Information Line at 561-630-1112 for residents to call if they have any questions or would like more information about Zika or mosquitoes in general.

All residents of Palm Beach Gardens can take comfort in the knowledge that their city officials are going above and beyond to protect them from Zika, and their efforts seem to be paying off since so far there are no known cases of Zika in Palm Beach Gardens. 

Do you want to do your part to prevent the spread of Zika but you don’t know where to begin?  Feel free to call one of our friendly Nozzle Nolen representatives for some helpful tips! 

 If you have any questions about the Zika Virus or about Mosquito Control in your area, or if you are interested in our pest control services, please call one of our Nozzle Nolen representatives at (888) 685-0376.


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