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Posted June 13, 2017 | 4:44 PM

County to Unveil New Tool in Fight Against Mosquitoes

Non-toxic, Non-invasive Buffalo Turbine Larvicide System is First in Tampa Bay Region

Hillsborough County, Fla. (June 13, 2017) - As part of Hillsborough County's efforts to utilize the most modern technology and equipment in the fight against mosquitoes, Mosquito Control will begin to employ the Buffalo Turbine system to safely and efficiently eliminate mosquito larvae throughout targeted breeding grounds in Hillsborough County. On Thursday, June 15 at 10 a.m., Mosquito Control will hold a system demonstration for media at its headquarters in Tampa. Hillsborough County's use of the system will mark the first of its kind in the Tampa Bay region.

The Buffalo Turbine system uses a 100-gallon tank and turbine technology to spray non-toxic, environmentally safe liquid larvicide in both residential and commercial areas. The system uses a powerful turbine sprayer to apply larvicide into areas not possible by other spray units. It can reach distances of up to 150 feet and can penetrate through thick vegetation and trees.

The Buffalo Turbine is just one of the tools being deployed by the Hillsborough County Mosquito Control Unit to protect residents from mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquito Control's latest high-tech weapon, the Mosquito Analytics and Response System, maps the entire county in real-time detail to enhance the unit's ability in identifying and managing areas where mosquitoes breed and live. Mosquito Control is also hosting interns from the University of South Florida's College of Public Health for six months, where they will focus on studying and collecting data on Aedes aegypti, the species that carries the Zika virus.

For more information on Hillsborough County's Mosquito Control Unit, visit HCFLGov.net/Mosquito.

WHAT: Buffalo Turbine Larvicide System Demonstration
WHEN: Thursday, June 15 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Mosquito Control Headquarters, 6527 Eureka Springs Road in Tampa

Note: For planning purposes and to accommodate enough space, please let us know if you plan on attending.

Media Contact:
Kara Walker
Communications & Digital Media
Office (813) 272-6699; Cell (813) 728-1447

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