For Immediate Release
(RENO, NV) The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program will be conducting their third scheduled mosquito abatement operation beginning at 6:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 10. Helicopter applications of Altosid will be applied to 950 acres in Lemmon Valley, Kiley Ranch, Red Hawk, Rosewood Lakes, Butler Ranch, South Meadows, Damonte Ranch and Washoe Valley.
After finding a positive mosquito sample for Saint Louis encephalitis in June, weekly disease surveillance trappings since then have been negative in the Truckee Meadows area. However, according to health officials, with warmer weather the mosquito population is expected to increase during the summer months. So in addition to abatement efforts, the Washoe County Vector-Borne Diseases Program conducts scheduled catch basin surveys and treatments. According to Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program Supervisor Jim Shaffer, “As water flows down curbs from over irrigation, water collects in the sumps of these catch basins making a perfect environment for producing hundreds of mosquito larvae.” One of the mosquito types produced in these catch basins is Culex pipiens also known as the Little House Mosquito because they find their way into homes. This mosquito has the capability of transmitting West Nile virus, so Shaffer is asking residents to call the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program at 785-4599 if they are experiencing increased mosquito activity. It may be caused by the catch basins becoming colonized with mosquitoes.
People can stay protected against mosquito bites by using the following precautions:
- Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts and apply Deet, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or other natural products to protect you from biting mosquitoes. Two layers of repellent may be applied, one on the skin and a second on the clothing.
- Repair tears in doors and window screens around your home or office, or keep them closed to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Eliminate standing water or any objects that can trap or collect water around your property which provide breeding grounds for mosquitos.
The Washoe County Vector-Borne Diseases Program also provides free Mosquito Fish for ponds, troughs or water features in or around your property. For more information about the Washoe County Vector-Borne Diseases Program visit: http://www.washoecounty.us/health/ehs/vector/mma.html.
Note regarding Altosid: Altosid is a pellet that disrupts 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.
About Washoe County Health District: The Washoe County District Board of Health, through the Washoe County Health District, has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Washoe County, Nevada. Its mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Washoe County through health promotion, disease prevention, public health emergency preparedness, and environmental services. The Board of Health is composed of seven members, including two representatives each from Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, and a physician licensed to practice medicine in Nevada.
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