Grand Forks - The Cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have scheduled citywide spraying for mosquitoes for
, Thursday, August 1, 2013, between 8:30 p.m. and midnight.
The Cities have scheduled mosquito spraying at this time because they continue to identified West Nile virus (WNV) in local birds and mosquitoes. The mosquito most common for transmitting WNV is the
species. This mosquito is more prevalent this time of year and it’s most active from dusk to dawn.
The Cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks urge citizens to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Apply insect repellents with DEET when outdoors. Most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms. However, sometimes mild illness results 1 to 2 weeks after exposure with symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. This virus can be deadly, and people over 60 years old are most at risk.
Airborne Custom Spraying will be assisting with the mosquito spraying. This aircraft will be flying very low, at approximately 150-300 feet. The ground spraying equipment is noisy and travels at 10 mph. The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow light. Residents 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 spraying operations, the wind must be 10 mph or less and no inclement weather present. Winds higher than 10 mph or inclement weather will result in the spraying being suspended until conditions improve.
For more information about trap counts and the Grand Forks Mosquito Control Program, call 787-8144 or visit our web site at: