Collier Mosquito Control Unit invests in new technology to prevent Zika outbreak in SW Florida

Posted at 6:55 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 19:09:59-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.-- The Collier Mosquito Control Unit recently purchased the latest Zika fighting technology known as a Buffalo Turbine. The machine costs $50,000 and will soon be used to spray in places aerial spraying can't reach. 

"With aedes aegypti, this mosquito you have to get it at the source," said Collier Mosquito Control Unit Dr. Mark Clifton. 

Dr. Clifton said three of these trucks are currently being used in the Miami area to fight the Zika outbreak and so far he said its been successful. 

"It uses a larvicide called BTI, which is a larvicide approved for use in organic production. It's really one of the safest most effective materials available to mosquito control," said Dr. Clifton. 

The Collier Mosquito Control Unit also plans to use the Buffalo Turbine to control other mosquitos in the area like the Salt Marsh and Fresh Water mosquito.