For Immediate Release
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program will conduct its fifth and final mosquito abatement application beginning at 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 10. Helicopter applications of Vectolex FG will be applied to 800 acres at Kiley Ranch, Red Hawk, Rosewood Lakes, Butler Ranch, South Meadows, and Damonte Ranch.
With the recent trappings of mosquitoes in Gerlach which tested positive for West Nile virus, it is a reminder that the season for mosquito transmitted diseases in our area is not over yet. The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program will continue surveillance by weekly trapping, identifying and delivering adult mosquitoes to the Animal Diseases Laboratory for virus testing.
Risk of being bitten by mosquitoes can be reduced by following a few precautions.
- If you are outside in the early morning or evenings, use mosquito repellents such as Deet, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or other natural products to keep the mosquitoes from biting you. Using two layers of repellent, one on the skin and a second on the clothing, is an effective prevention strategy.
- Around your home make sure all doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.
- Clear any standing water and empty water-holding containers from around the home. Containers that hold water such as potted plant saucers, rain tanks, pet bowls, cans, buckets, toys, tarps for covering pools, boats, and outdoor furniture, can all provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Just a capful of water gives mosquitoes the space they need to survive.
- Stock water features, ponds, or troughs with fish that feed on mosquitoes and their larvae. Call the Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program at (775) 785-4599 for more information.
Note regarding Vectolex applications: Vectolex is a biological granular larvacide that consists of naturally occurring Bacillus sphaericus. The product selectively controls mosquito larvae preventing them from reaching adults. Vectolex specifically targets mosquito larvae with no affect to humans, fish, water fowl, or other non-targeted organisms.