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Cattle Dipping Vats


From the 1910's through the 1950's, these vats were filled with an arsenic solution for the control and eradication of the cattle fever tick. Other pesticides such as DDT where also widely used. By State law, all cattle, horses, mules, goats, and other susceptible animals were required to be dipped every 14 days. Under certain circumstances, the arsenic and other pesticides remaining at the site may present an environmental or public health hazard. 

Some of the sites have been located and are currently under investigation. However, most of the listings are from old records of the State Livestock Board, which listed each vat as it was put into operation. In addition, some privately operated vats may have existed which were not listed by the Livestock Board. Some county boundaries may have changed since the vats were first listed.  For additional information, or to locate existing cattle dip vats, please contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waste Cleanup, at (850) 245-8927.

Persons who can identify the exact locations of these vats are encouraged to contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waste Cleanup at the number above, or e-mail zoe.kulakowski@dep.state.fl.us, or write to us at:

Cattle Dipping Vats
MS 4535
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400

For more information, send e-mail to Zoe Kulakowski or contact us at the address above. 

Last updated: June 30, 2015

  2600 Blair Stone Road M.S. 3500   Tallahassee, Florida 32399   850-245-8336 (phone) / 850-245-8356 (fax) 
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