Mosquito fogging in Winhaven tonight |

Mosquito fogging in Winhaven tonight

Staff Reports

West Nile Virus

Human West Nile virus infections have been reported in Douglas County. Prevention is key in reducing the spread of West Nile Virus. The following preventive actions are recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce individual risk of mosquito-borne illness:

Apply an insect repellent containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) according to manufacturer’s directions. Repellents containing picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus also have some efficacy. However, DEET is the best-studied and most-effective repellent available. Try out different products to see which works best for you. Remember to reapply frequently as needed in heavily mosquito populated areas.

Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, notably at dusk (the first two hours after sunset) and dawn.

Eliminate areas of standing water; including but not limited to bird baths, unmaintained swimming pools and sprinkler runoff, irrigation boxes, pots/buckets all of which support mosquito breeding. Please recheck your property after irrigation or rain storms.

Clean stock tanks as often as possible. They are a common breeding place if allowed to collect debris.

Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens without tears or holes.

Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, when outdoors.

Mosquito control workers plan to fog the Winhaven in Minden tonight.

According to the Douglas County Mosquito Abatement District’s web site, fogging entails driving through the streets emitting a spray/fog in order to kill adult mosquitoes.

“The effectiveness of the fogging may last for an hour and up to three days depending on the environmental conditions and the number of adults present,” according to the district. “We use ultralow volume chemicals. That means the mist comes out in micron droplets. Approximately a 1-ounce shot glass of adulticiding product will treat one acre of ground or 43,560 square feet.”

According to the district’s web site, they require a minimum of 50 adult mosquitoes in a trap in order to schedule ground fogging.

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