RENO, NV, May 29, 2019 – The Washoe County Health District will conduct its second seasonal mosquito larviciding utility starting within the early morning hours of May 31, 2019. The helicopter operation will cowl roughly 1,000 acres in Washoe County from the North Valleys to Washoe Lake. The unfold of dry granular pesticide on wetlands and areas of standing water will cut back mosquito populations within the Silver Lake, Swan Lake, Kiley Ranch, Rosewood Lakes, South Meadows, Damonte Ranch, and Washoe Lake areas.
Health officers report this utility will include Vectolex FG, a granular formulation of larvicide micro organism, Bacillus sphaericus, for residual management of mosquito larvae. The larvicide particularly targets mosquito larvae with no results to people, fish, water fowl, or different non-targeted bugs similar to bees. It kills larvae earlier than they change into flying, biting, disease-transmitting grownup mosquitos. Vectolex supplies prolonged management of all Culex species of mosquitos, that are identified for carrying West Nile Virus (WNV), an arbovirus that may be deadly to people, equines, avians, and extra. WNV was first launched to the United States in 1999 and is quickly spreading throughout the nation.
Health officers remind folks that it solely takes a number of consecutive days of heat climate for mosquitos to change into lively. So everybody ought to take precautionary measures and steps to keep away from being bitten by mosquitos. During the spring and summer season months folks ought to:
– Wear lengthy sleeve shirts and lengthy pants in mosquito susceptible areas. Especially in early morning and night hours when mosquitos are most lively;
– Use mosquito repellents, making use of a layer instantly on pores and skin, and one on clothes for optimum safety;
– Keep window and door screens in good restore to stop mosquitos from getting into into houses;
– Vaccinate horses for Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV); and,
– Clear areas round dwelling areas of any free-standing water and containers that may maintain even small quantities of water like pet bowls and planters. These could change into mosquito breeding grounds.
The Vector-Borne Diseases Program has mosquito fish out there for ponds, troughs and different massive water containers. The small minnow-sized fish feed on mosquito larvae and stop them from hatching into biting grownup mosquitos.
In different Vector-Borne Diseases Program information, this system is closing its workplaces in Panther Valley and relocating to the Health District’s primary workplaces at 1001 East Ninth Street, Building B, in Reno. The new telephone quantity to succeed in Vector workers is 775-328-2434. People are inspired to report biting mosquito exercise by calling 775-328-2434, and workers will examine the supply of those grownup mosquitos.