Florida Keys Mosquito Control announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a new piece of equipment to streamline the aerial larviciding process. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at 5pm, on the tarmac in front of the hanger, at the Marathon Facility, located at 503 107th St. (Gulf), Marathon. Everyone was invited to attend the ceremony scheduled to take place 30 minutes before Florida Keys Mosquito Control’s Final Budget Hearing, scheduled at 5:30pm.
The autoloader was designed and built from standard farm equipment by the FKMCD aerial staff to reduce manpower when loading the helicopter in the field. Typically, 4-6 inspectors would be needed to load larvicide into the helicopter by hand. Now, this new autoloader will take their place and allow inspectors more time fighting mosquitoes in their given areas.