Control efforts effective in reducing numbers
By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Mosquito abatement efforts so far this spring in Franklin County have resulted in significant reductions of the biting pests and there’s been lots of success in Banida and other areas, typically known for high infestations of the bothersome insect.
Dennie Giles, of the county’s mosquito abatement district, said there are many sloughs and standing water in areas from Banida-to-Weston that are ideal for mosquito breeding.
“We are hoping mosquito numbers will be down overall this spring, summer and fall,” said Giles, “because it’s been drier than normal.”
He said crews started applying larvacide in many areas in mid-April.
“Larvacide is by far the most effective control method for mosquitos that we have. It kills more of the insects than anything else we do,” he said.
Larvacide is a pre-emergent chemical that kills mosquitos in the water before they emerge as adults. Adulticide, or fogging adult insects in targeted areas, has also been employed as a control measure across Franklin County.
Giles said he and part-time employees placed live traps in various locations some days ago.
“The traps collect insects and then we count the numbers to help us determine where the largest infestations are. This, in-turn, helps us formulate plans to be as cost effective as possible with our adulticide efforts,” he said. “We also test the mosquitoes to see if they carry West Nile Virus (WNV).”
Giles explained fogging has started in the county and will continue during warmer nights.
“We have to watch the weather reports because overnight temperatures have to be at least in the mid–50 degree range.”
Even though the mosquito season is just starting, officials from several agencies are urging residents to take precautions to avoid bites and possible problems with West Nile Virus. From mid-summer through the end of September is the prime time for West Nile Virus to be found in mosquitos.
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