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Cattle dip vats - location by county

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Cattle Dip Vats

Historically, cattle dip vats were generally filled with an Arsenic solution that killed ticks.  It is now known that the solutions used in these cattle-dipping vats are harmful to humans and areas with the vats have may contaminate ground water in their vicinity.  Other possible contaminants are BHC, DDT, DDE  and toxaphene.

This is a list of the number of known cattle-dipping vats in each of Florida's counties that have been accounted for thus far. There are likely many more that have not been located.

County              # of Vats
Alachua               90
Baker                   43
Bay                       29
Bay & Walton       18
Bradford               31
Broward                 3
Calhoun               40
Calhoun-Franklin   8
Charlotte              25
Citrus                   42
Clay                     38
Collier                  17
Columbia             53
Dade                     1
De Soto               46
Dixie                    37
Duval                   80
Escambia            65
Flagler                 47
Franklin               16
Gilchrist               29
Gulf & Franklin      6
Hamilton              49
Hardee                43
Hendry                20
Hernando            36
Highlands            56
Hillsborough      112
Holmes                52
Indian River         17
Jackson             104
Jefferson             54
Lafayette             42
Lake                    77
Lee                      27
Leon                  103
Levy                    54
Liberty                 43
Madison              71
Manatee             52
Marion                88
Martin                   4
Nassau               43
Okaloosa            63
Okeechobee       48
Orange               81
Osceola              76
Pasco                 52
Pinellas              30
Polk                  168
Putnam               49
Santa Rosa         65
Sarasota             30
Seminole            29
St. Johns            38
St. Lucie             18
Sumter               49
Suwannee          64
Taylor                 81
Union                 24
Volusia               84
Wakulla              45
Walton               55
Washington        61

If you suspect that you have a cattle-dipping vat on your property or have located one on another piece of property that has not been documented by the State of Florida, please contact

Mike Berry
Phone: (850) 245-4444 # 2074

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LINKS: (all open in new window)

Environmental Protection Agency water program with links to sites with toxicology information

Pesticide information from the Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University, Michigan State University, Oregon State University, and University of California at Davis

TOXNET is a search engine with a cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas, designed for health professions to evaluate health risks

National Library of Medicine's databases on Toxicology and Environmental Health. Topics include chemical specific information; toxicology tutorials; toll free health hotlines