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This summer’s war on mosquitoes begins tonight

POSTED June 8, 2011 11:35 a.m.

According to the calendar, we still have some time before summer gets here.
According to the blasting heat and the pests, we are well on our way.
And, speaking of pests, local efforts to stop them will begin tonight.
According to Public Works Department Secretary Laurie Bard, chemical warfare on mosquitoes begins tonight with the first annual spraying.
She noted it’s set to run from 8 p.m. to about midnight
The effort will continue as needed during the warm weather months.
As has been the case in past years, it’s recommended that people with breathing problems stay in and keep their windows closed.
There is no risk to those people after the fogger has passed, because the chemicals used today have no residual affect. That means that they won’t pose a risk to children or pets who go out after the spraying.
But it also means that the spray has to come into direct contact with a mosquito to kill it, as opposed to the chemical that was used years ago that left a killing dose behind on grass and bushes. The fogger operator will judge the wind direction and cover every other block, allowing the fog to drift for one block.
Fogging is done in the evening because that is when the greatest numbers of mosquitoes are out, so the chemical will do the most good.
Here are some tips on how to control the pests around our homes.  
• Turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
• Drain the water in birdbaths, fountains, plant containers or any other outdoor devices twice a week.
• Be sure rainwater does not collect. ¥ Keep grass cut short and trim shrubs to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes.
• Eliminate standing water in low spots.
• Eliminate puddles from outside faucets or air conditioners.
• Store pet food and water bowls inside when not in use.   
Dawn and dusk are when mosquitoes are the most active, so its especially important to take precautions in outdoor activities then.
And if you are outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a head cover. Light loose-fitting clothing is preferable since dark clothing radiates more heat and attracts more mosquitoes.

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