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by Tribune Staff
Jun 14, 2012 | 1437 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/John Byrne - A helicopter flies over Rosewood Lakes golf club Wednesday  dropping chemicals to eradicate mosquitoes.
Tribune/John Byrne - A helicopter flies over Rosewood Lakes golf club Wednesday dropping chemicals to eradicate mosquitoes.
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RENO — The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Program staff has begun mosquito abatement by conducting localized fogging treatments and planning aerial abatement applications to small bodies of water in the Truckee Meadows.

On Wednesday, the county conducted its first aerial mosquito larvicide treatment for the Truckee Meadows area in the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course area

Normally, aerial operations over large bodies of water, including wetlands and pasturelands, begin in late May since early spring treatment helps to eradicate immature mosquitoes before they emerge as adults. But, with reduced funding to the Health District, the first treatment scheduled this year was Wednesday in the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course area. Due to substantial reductions in funding, only two or three additional aerial treatments are planned between July and September. The Health District usually conducts 10 to 12 helicopter operations annually.

The Health District has received many reports of adult mosquitoes biting residents in the morning, afternoon and evenings in the Donner Springs and Damonte Ranch areas. Staff has fogged the Donner Springs and Damonte Ranch areas weekly for the past four weeks to kill the adult mosquitoes. To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, 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 to keep out mosquitoes; and check to make sure window screens are in good condition. It is also important to drain any standing water around your property to eliminate hatching areas for mosquito larvae.

Vector-Borne Disease Program staff will respond to calls from residents about biting mosquitoes to determine where the insects are living and hatching. Residents are also encouraged to report poorly maintained swimming pools or bodies of water that appear green and in need of maintenance. Mosquito fish are available.

To report mosquito activity, call the Vector-Borne Disease Program at 785-4599. For more general vector information, including mosquito control tips, visit www.washoecounty.us/health/ehs/vbdp.html.
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