It’s summertime, and the bugs are biting.
If those bugs happen to be mosquitoes, the threat of disease might be more of a concern than the welts left behind. With one confirmed Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a human and another confirmed case in a horse this year alone, Seminole Heights area residents might not want to take any chances.
Hillsborough County’s Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control section is available to assist residents in need. Willie Puz, the county’s spokesman, says there are a number of resources available to help swat mosquito problems before they get out of control.
If mosquitoes are a particular problem in a neighborhood, residents can “report mosquito concerns online,” Puz pointed out. The county has an easy-to-use form available on its website just for this purpose.
In addition, Hillsborough conducts routine spraying in neighborhoods by truck. There’s even a page on the county’s website where residents can keep up with when the trucks have rolled through.
Aerial spraying is also a tool in the county’s arsenal. This particular option, however, is used on an as-needed basis.
“There is a process for determining aerial spraying,” Puz said. He’s looking into the next time residents in Northwest Hillsborough might expect a fly-by.
Residents can also report mosquito concerns by calling the county at 813-635-5400.
Want to find out more about keeping mosquitoes at bay? Puz recommends these resources: