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Washoe County Mosquito Abatement Program Starts Wednesday

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From the Washoe County Health District:

With the mild winter and spring conditions, the Truckee Meadows Community may experience biting mosquitoes earlier than normal. To protect the community and prevent the important public health threat of mosquitoes, the Vector-Borne Diseases Program (Program) of the Washoe County Health District will be larviciding May 7 with aerial helicopter treatments. The Altosid product used are pellets that disrupt the normal growth pattern of immature mosquitoes in water and prevents them from becoming biting adults. Altosid naturally degrades in the environment and will not adversely affects humans, fish, waterfowl or beneficial insects and can be used in sensitive areas. This larvaciding activity reduces the need for fogging for adult mosquitoes. The Program will be applying the product to Rosewood Lakes, Red Hawk, and the Butler Ranch to prevent the emergence of disease carrying mosquitoes.

Report any stagnant water sources to the Vector-Borne Diseases Program. Mosquito fish are available to the public for back yard ponds by calling 785-4599.

If you are outdoors and mosquitoes are biting, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and apply insect repellent such as DEET, Picaridn, oil of lemon eucalyptus or other natural products.

The Program will continue to monitor mosquitoes during the spring and summer months that carry West Nile virus as well as other mosquito transmitted diseases through our disease surveillance program.

For more information on the Vector-Borne Diseases Program go to: http://www.washoecounty.us/health/ehs/vbdp.html

From the Washoe County Health District
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