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Health District continues mosquito abatement

RENO - The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program will be conducting its fourth scheduled mosquito abatement operation beginning at approximately 6:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 13.

Helicopter applications of Vectolex will be applied to 1000 acres of wetlands in Lemmon Valley, Kiley Ranch, Red Hawk, Rosewood Lakes, Butler Ranch, South Meadows, Damonte Ranch and Washoe Valley.

This abatement operation is particularly timely because the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program recently identified a West Nile Virus positive mosquito sample in the Kiley Ranch/Spanish Springs area. Health District staff has conducted insecticide fogging in the immediate area, and has continued surveillance with additional mosquito trappings.

We are not surprised to see West Nile Virus at this time of year, said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. The virus tends to appear in late summer and due to recent rains and the increase in standing water, theres plenty of prime habitat for mosquitos.

Dick added that everyone needs to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Precautions to be taken:

- Wear pants and long sleeved shirts and apply repellent such as Deet, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or other natural products to protect you from biting mosquitos. Two layers of repellent may be applied, one on the skin and a second on clothing.
-Repair tears in doors and window screens around your home or office, and keep them closed to keep mosquitos outside.
- Remove standing water or any objects that can trap or collect water around your property which provide breeding grounds for mosquitos.
- If you have ponds, troughs or water features around your property, contact the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program to see if free Mosquito Fish are appropriate for use.
- If you notice increased mosquito activity, call the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program at (775)785-4599 to investigate the source of the mosquitoes.

Vectolex is a biological larvacide that consists of a naturally occurring bacterium called Bacillus sphaericus. It provides selective control of mosquito larvae preventing them from becoming adults. The product is target specific, affecting mosquito larvae with no affect to humans, fish, water fowl, or other non-targeted organisms.