News release from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health:
Mosquito spraying suspended for now
(September 6, 2011) – Due to weather conditions, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has suspended mosquito spraying activities this week.
The Department of Health continues to conduct mosquito control efforts, including eliminating potential breeding sites, larviciding to reduce the mosquito population, and placing traps to collect and test adult mosquitoes for diseases such as West Nile virus. Spraying for adult mosquitoes, also known as adulticiding, is only performed when samples test positive for the West Nile virus and is always dependent on weather conditions.
Residents can reduce their risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes by wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, applying insect repellent to clothes and exposed skin, and eliminating standing water on their property.
For more information on mosquito control and to receive mosquito alerts by email, go to.
Mosquito prevention measures
[li]Check your property for breeding sites. Eliminate any sources of standing water. Clean out gutters and birdbaths. Dispose of tires. Properly maintain swimming pools and hot tubs.[/li]
[li]Limit time spent outdoors during peak mosquito biting times.[/li]
[li]Wear loose, light-colored clothes, including long sleeves and pants.[/li]
[li]Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 to clothing and exposed skin.[/li]