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Aerial Mosquito Spraying Planned over Jacksonville

10:29 AM, Sep 20, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city is taking the fight against the West Nile virus to the air.

Mosquito control has planned aerial spray missions for two large areas of the city early this week.

"Those planes can go out and can treat close to 8000 square acres," said John Shellhorn, Mosquito Control Division Chief.

Monday, the airplane was scheduled to spray the San Jose area.  Weather scrapped Mosquito Control's plans.  If there are winds above 10 miles per hour or any rain in the forecast, the plane does not go up.

The boundaries for the spray were University Boulevard to the north, the St. Johns River to the west, Sunbeam Road to the south and Interstate 95 to the east.

Another aerial mission was planned for this morning on the Westside.

The boundaries will be Lenox Avenue on the north, Blanding Boulevard to the east, 103rd Street to the South and Herlong Air Field to the west.

"We've been focusing a lot in the areas where we've seen the West Nile Virus but we've also been covering the rest of the county so we've been keeping people busy," said Shellhorn.

The city has been spraying from the ground throughout the city since July.

The last successful aerial spray was September 16 in the Jacksonville Heights area.

MORE: See where they city has sprayed

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