The Washoe County Health District, Vector-Borne Disease Program has begun mosquito abatement in Truckee Meadows, a housing area South of Reno Airport. So far, the abatement measures used have been localized fogging treatments to small bodies of water.
Aerial spaying is scheduled to begin on June 13, 2012 in the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course area. Aerial spraying treatments will be repeated in July and September of 2012.
To reduce the risk of mosquito bites, the Vector-Borne Disease Program urges people to:
· Apply insect repellent in the early morning and evening hours.
· Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.
· Drain any standing water to eliminate hatching areas for mosquito larvae.
· Report pools or bodies of water that appear green or in need of maintenance.
The point of killing mosquitoes is to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus, which is carried by infected mosquitoes.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the spray used by Vector-Borne. The EPA says the products used “should not pose a significant risk to you or your family”. Check with the EPA for more information about the chemicals used.
Contact Washoe County for further updates or information.