Aerial mosquito spraying for western Palm Beach

View of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacterium --which reduces mosquito transmitted diseases such as dengue and chikungunya by shortening adult lifespan, affect mosquito reproduction and interfere with pathogen replication-- at the Oswaldo Cruz foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 2, 2014. The mosquitoes, when released, are expected to quickly infiltrate the insect population and stop the spread of the disease. Small-scale trials have already been conducted in communities in northern Australia. AFP PHOTO/CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Palm Beach County Division of Mosquito Control will be conducting aerial spraying beginning after sundown on Saturday, July 1, weather permitting.

The planned coverage area of approximately 270,000 acres will target populated areas west of Military Trail out to the Glades. The aircraft used is a Huey helicopter.

Aerial spraying is necessary to control the mosquito population that has increased during the recent rains. To further help control mosquitoes, residents are asked to drain or minimize standing water on their properties.

If you are going be outdoors after dark, use an insect repellent containing DEET and wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt.

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