An aerial attack on Hernando County's growing mosquito population is planned for Wednesday night over parts of the county.
County officials said the spraying will begin after 8 p.m. If weather does not permit, the spraying will be moved to Thursday night. The one-time application will be done at no cost to the county by Vector Disease Control, under contract with the Department of Agriculture.
Officials said Hernando's mosquito population has tripled since Tropical Storm Debby, raising concerns about increased exposure to humans and the possibility of disease.
Precautions are taken to protect the public and animals during the spraying, according to a county news release. Insecticide formulations must be approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in urban areas and must comply with federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations.