Lee County Mosquito Control training for upcoming rainy season

Reporter: Annalise Iraola Writer: Paul Dolan
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Lee County Mosquito Control held training on Wednesday, joined by officials from around the state. As the rainy season nears, we’re also on the verge of mosquito season.

Eric Jackson is the deputy director of the Lee County Mosquito Control District. On Wednesday, the district hosted the annual aerial workshop for mosquito control districts across the state.

“It’s great to attend events like this so that we can understand what challenges each one of us are facing and really come together to formulate good ways to attack the situation together,” Adriane Rogers, the executive director of Pasco County Mosquito Control District said.

One of the challenges Lee County faces is how Hurricane Ian made changes to the landscape. Tides and water movement play a big role in mosquito and larvae activity.

Mike Vigus is the chief pilot for LCMCD.

“There’s going to be areas that used to hold water that don’t anymore, that they filled in with sand. And we were already starting to see some of those from the air because everything’s still so defoliated,” Vigus said

“And then there’s other areas that I think it’s going to the water cut paths into, which are now going to flood that we didn’t used to have to treat,” Vigus said.

Pilots and other aircrew members also went through dunker training, which means how to survive in case of an aircraft goes down in the water.

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