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Miami-Dade County has teamed up with the U.S. Air Force to destroy the pesky mosquito population that's bugging residents from Homestead to Key Biscayne. Miami-Dade's mosquito control operations manager, Chalmers Vasquez, and Homestead resident Roseanne Roura talk about the mosquitoes.
A net trap in Saga Bay collected hundreds of mosquitoes overnight.
"It would be like a person standing outside all night long, that's how many mosquitoes are going to be biting them," said Chalmers Vasquez.
He's the mosquito control operations manager of Miami-Dade County, which has partnered with the U.S. Air Force to destroy the pesky mosquito population that's making residents miserable from Homestead to Key Biscayne.
Miami-Dade provides the pesticide Dibrom. The Air Force provides a C-130 cargo plane and the flight crew.
The aerial mosquito control flights will take place during the final two daylight hours before sunset, and up to 30 minutes after sunset, weather permitting, from Tuesday through Thursday. The C-130 will be flying as low as 150 feet from the ground.
It will be a welcome sight for Homestead resident Roseanne Roura.
"The mosquitoes are awful – they need to come here and fog. I mean, we go outside and we get eaten alive, slap 'em and we're bleeding. They come in the house behind you."
Anyone with allergies to pesticides should stay indoors. Otherwise there's no need to worry, according to mosquito control.
"Should be no problem, the amount of insecticide we use is minute. Most people won't even notice they are being sprayed," Vasquez said. "Beekeepers are being warned to protect their bees as much as they can."