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Washoe County Health District Abates Mosquitoes

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The Washoe County Health District is working to keep mosquito activity under control this summer.

On Thursday, they applied Altosid- a pellet designed to prevent baby mosquitoes from growing up- over three areas: Hidden Valley, Spanish Springs, and South Meadows.

Early Wednesday, the Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program began spraying Rosewood Lakes Golf Course.

“When we target it, it’s not going to hurt humans, or biological predators in the water,” said Jim Shaffer with Washoe County Health District. “It’s specifically for mosquito larvae.”

The pellets alone cost the county $100,000. However, they say that is money well spent because it prevents mosquitoes from biting, and spreading disease.

The county also gives out free fish to county residents that can eat mosquitoes.

“They’re live bearing and they’re surface feeders,” said Will Lumpkin with the Washoe County Health District. “So they swim around and feed on insects that float on the surface of the water.”

If you would like to report a mosquito problem, or get fish, call 775-785-4599.

You can also go to their website: Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program
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