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Fogging for mosquitoes planned Monday

July 3, 2018 GMT

MOHAVE VALLEY — Mosquito surveillance conducted last week by the Mohave County Environmental Health Division revealed one location that met the protocol to conduct fogging, according to an agency release. The MCEHD uses the Centers for Disease Control’s recommended matrix as a guide of when to fog.

Adult mosquito control application will begin about 8 p.m. today, weather permitting. Baron Pest Control was awarded the contract to provide fogging services within Mohave County and will conduct the ground fogging application. Areas in Mohave Valley to fog include:

Laguna Road from Mountain View Road to Vanderslice Road and south to Maverick Drive. This includes the two communities in that area and River Valley High SchoolQuail Run Development, the business and residential area on the southeast corner of Mountain View Road and Courtwright Road, and the community north of Courtwright Road between Tropicana Ave and Ranchero LaneSouth of Courtwright Road to Cheyenne Drive and east and west between View Lane and Ranchero Lane

The insecticide being used is AllPro Evoluer 4-4 ULV. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, this is an insecticide made from pyrethrins and registered for use against adult mosquitoes. 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.

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

Whenever possible, remain indoors with windows closedCconsider turning off the 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.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 usually are not 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.

People with questions about pesticides should call the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378 from 8 a.m. to noon Pacific Time. The NPIC is staffed by trained pesticide specialists who have toxicology and environmental chemistry education and training needed to provide answers to pesticide questions.