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FOGGING UPDATE: SURVEILLANCE LEADS TO ADULT MOSQUITO CONTROL

Written by The Bee News

July 2, 2021

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FOGGING UPDATE: SURVEILLANCE LEADS TO

ADULT MOSQUITO CONTROL

MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (July 2, 2021)— Mosquito surveillance conducted this week in Fort Mohave and Mohave Valley by the Mohave County Environmental Health Division (MCEHD) revealed the following locations that met the protocol to conduct mosquito fogging.  The MCEHD uses the CDC’s recommended matrix as a guide of when to fog.

FOGGING: Adult mosquito control application will take place on Monday and Tuesday night, July 5th and 6th, beginning after 8:00 pm, weather permitting.  Baron Pest Control was awarded the contract to provide fogging services within Mohave County and will be conducting the ground fogging application.

Areas to be fogged on Monday, July 5th, include:

  • South of Willow Drive to Laguna Rd, between Mohave Valley Hwy and Mountain View Rd
  • Laguna Rd from Mountain View Rd to Vanderslice Rd and south to Maverick Dr. This includes the two communities in that area, River Valley High School, and the Mohave Valley Community Park.

Areas to be fogged on Tuesday evening, July 6th, include:

  • Fort Mohave neighborhood from Infantry Road east to Calvary Road, from Sterling Road south to Camp Mohave Road.  Streets that are accessible by truck only, no private roads.
  • North of Willow Drive to King St and east and west from Boundary Peak Rd to Aquarius Dr.
  • South of Plantation Rd to Agua View Rd, Between S Dunes Rd and S Mountain View Rd

The adulticide being used is MasterLine Kontrol 4-4.  According to the National Pesticide Information Center, this is an insecticide registered for use against mosquitoes made from pyrethrins.  Pyrethrins are insecticides that are derived from the extract of chrysanthemum flowers. Types of products that contain pyrethrins include indoor bug bombs, human head lice treatments, and pet flea sprays.

PRECAUTIONS: The Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following steps to help reduce possible exposure to insecticides during spraying:

  • Whenever possible, remain indoors with windows closed.
  • You might consider turning off your air conditioning when spraying is taking place.
  • If you are outdoors, avoid eye contact with the spray. If you get pesticide spray in your eyes immediately rinse them with water or eye drops.
  • Your child’s health should not be affected by the low levels of pesticides used in mosquito control.  However, bring laundry and toys indoors before spraying begins and wash with soap and water if exposed to pesticides during spraying.
  • Bring your pets indoors, and cover ornamental fish ponds to avoid direct exposure.
  • Cover swimming pool surfaces when it is feasible.  Special precautions or waiting periods are not usually necessary for outdoor swimming pools given the small concentrations of pesticides used.
  • Wash exposed skin surfaces with soap and water if you come in contact with pesticide.
  • Wash exposed fruits and vegetables, such as homegrown or purchased from an outside vendor, with water before storing, cooking, or eating them.
  • There is no need to relocate during spraying, but consult a physician if you have a physical or psychological concerns regarding the spraying.
  • If you think pesticides are making you sick, seek medical attention as necessary.

Individuals with questions about pesticides should call the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378 from 6:30 am – 4:30 pm PST.  The NPIC is staffed by trained pesticide specialists who have toxicology and environmental chemistry education and training needed to provide answers to pesticide questions.

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