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Grand Forks Mosquito Spraying Scheduled

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The Cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have scheduled citywide spraying for mosquitoes for tonight, Monday, August 04, 2014, between 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

Grand Forks Mosquito Control has identified several pools of mosquitoes that are positive for the West Nile virus. The cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks urge citizens to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
The mosquito most common for transmitting West Nile virus is the Culex tarsalis. This mosquito is most active just before sundown and throughout the night into the early morning hours. 

To help reduce your risk of getting West Nile virus, the Health Department recommends the following protective measures:
• Use insect repellent that contains DEET.
• Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible.
• Eliminate standing water around homes (e.g., buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths).

The adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 10 mph. The electric sprayers are relatively quiet. The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow light. Residents may want to go inside just before their area is sprayed and stay inside until the aerosol cloud dissipates. People should not run, walk or bike directly through the aerosol cloud behind the insecticide sprayer. Also, anyone who is sensitive to chemicals may want to close their windows during the ground spraying.

To ensure spray effectiveness during the spray operation, winds should be 10 mph or less and no inclement weather present. Winds higher than 10 mph or inclement weather may result in the spraying being suspended until conditions improve.

For more information about trap counts and the Grand Forks Mosquito Control Program visit our web site at: www.gfmosquito.com
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