Mohave Valley Area Spraying This Thursday
SURVEILLANCE LEADS TO ADULT MOSQUITO CONTROL
MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ. (August 31, 2020) — Mosquito surveillance that was conducted this week in Mohave Valley by the Mohave County Environmental Health Division (MCEHD) revealed the following locations meet the protocol to conduct fogging. The MCEHD uses the CDC’s recommended matrix as a guide regarding when to fog.
FOGGING: Adult mosquito control application will begin this Thursday evening September 3rd around 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 in Mohave Valley to fog include:
- South of Willow Road to Laguna Road and east and west between Mohave Valley Highway to Mountain View Road.
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.
- Consider turning off air conditioning when spraying is taking place.
- Anyone outdoors should avoid eye contact with the spray. If you get pesticide spray in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water or eye drops.
- Children’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 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.
Denise Burley, M/ Admin, CPM, Health Director Mohave County Department of Public Health