UPDATE: Aerial Spraying In Kalamazoo County Cancelled

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KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is confirming that there shall be no aerial treatment spraying of insecticide inside the metropolis of Kalamazoo and Portage as a consequence of too many property householders opting out of the spraying.

“Due to the large amount of residents who’ve chosen to coach their option to determine out beneath the MDARD regulation, aerial software program of insecticide is not going to be an environment friendly treatment risk for Kalamazoo County.” said James Rutherford, Health Officer Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services.

County residents ought to see planes flying over their properties as a consequence of neighboring counties being dealt with. Some sprayings have been postponed as a consequence of incliment local weather.


KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — Kalamazoo County officers are agreeing to aerial spraying of pesticides Sunday night to hopefully put an end to the rising circumstances of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

County Commissioner Mike Quinn confirmed that data on Friday after they debated on what was the easiest step to forestall this unusual mosquito-borne sickness.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reached out to the counties which have reported circumstances of EEE in animals or individuals earlier this week to consider utilizing aerial spraying.

Spraying will occur in 14 counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph and Van Buren.

At this time, the spraying is scheduled to occur starting Sunday, September 29th at eight p.m. by means of 4:30 a.m. Monday.

According to MDHHS, “Mosquito administration professionals will apply accepted pesticides as an ultra-low amount (ULV) spray. ULV sprayers dispense very unbelievable aerosol droplets that maintain suspended inside the air and kill grownup mosquitoes on contact. This is a tactic completely different states, along with Massachusetts and Rhode Island, haven’t too way back employed to combat EEE.”

The pesticide getting used is “Merus 3.0,” an pure pesticide that accommodates 5% pyrethrin which might be chemical compounds found naturally in some chrysanthemum flowers.

Pyrethrins are typically used to handle mosquitoes, fleas, flies, moths, ants and loads of completely different pests.

Officials say no nicely being hazard or specific precautions are actually useful when the spraying is going on, till residents have a acknowledged sensitivity to pyrethrins.

A map of the aerial treatment zones could possibly be found proper right here.

Frequently requested questions on EEE and the aerial spraying could possibly be found proper right here.



According to MDHHS, “EEE is doubtless one of the dangerous mosquito-borne diseases inside the United States, with a 33 p.c fatality cost in people who become ailing. People could possibly be contaminated with EEE from the chew of a mosquito carrying the viruses. Persons youthful than age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest hazard of utmost sickness following an an infection.”

However, they add that, “Only about 4-5% of human EEE infections result in EEE illness. EEE an an infection is believed to confer life-long immunity in opposition to re-infection.”

MDHHS moreover launched some suggestions on learn how to stay away from mosquito bites:


– Apply insect repellents that embody the energetic ingredient DEET, or completely different U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-registered product to uncovered pores and pores and skin or garments, and always observe the producer’s directions for use.
– Wear long-sleeved shirts and prolonged pants when outside. Apply insect repellent to garments to help cease bites.
– Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes open air.
– Empty water from mosquito breeding web sites throughout the residence, akin to buckets, unused kiddie swimming swimming pools, outdated tires or comparable web sites the place mosquitoes might lay eggs.
– Use nets and/or followers over outdoor consuming areas.

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