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Second Area Mosquito Abatement Operation Scheduled Wednesday

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From Washoe County Health District:

The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program will be conducting its second scheduled mosquito abatement operation beginning at approximately 6:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 11. Helicopter applications of Vectolex will be applied to 800 acres of wetlands in Lemmon Valley, Red Hawk, Kiley Ranch, Rosewood Lakes, Butler Ranch, South Meadows, Damonte Ranch and Washoe Valley.

According to health officials, the abatement operation is timely because the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program’s disease surveillance trapping in the Truckee Meadows has identified a positive mosquito sample for Saint Louis encephalitis collected at Swan Lake. The positive sample was confirmed by the Nevada Department of Agriculture Animal Diseases Laboratory.  Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program staff conducted insecticide fogging in the immediate area, and continued surveillance with additional mosquito trapping this week.

Health officials note that the detection of the St. Louis encephalitis virus in the Truckee Meadows area is earlier than usual. They remind people that with this early detection of virus it is important to take proactive measures to prevent mosquitos from biting.  Prevention can include:

*    Wear pants and long sleeved shirts and apply repellent such as Deet, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or other natural products to protect you from biting mosquitos. Two layers of repellent may be applied, one on the skin and a second on clothing.
*    Repair tears in doors and window screens around your home or office, or keep them closed to keep mosquitos outside.
*    Remove standing water or any objects that can trap or collect water around your property which make breeding grounds for mosquitos.
*    If you have ponds, troughs or water features around your property, contact the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program to see if free Mosquito Fish are appropriate for use.
*    If you notice increased mosquito activity, call the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program at (775)785-4599 to investigate the source of the mosquitoes.

From Washoe County Health District
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