Health Department releases September mosquito-spraying schedule

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – To help control mosquitoes as part its “Fight the Bite: Day and Night” campaign, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will continue to conduct mosquito-spraying activities throughout the summer.

The schedule for September 2016 is:

Time Thursday September 1
3:00 AM- 6:00 AM 40502, 40515, 40517

 

Time

 

Tuesday

September 6

Wednesday September 7 Thursday September 8
3:00 AM- 6:00 AM 40505, 40516 40504, 40510, 40511 40503, 40515

 

Time Tuesday September 13 Wednesday September 14 Thursday September 15
3:00 AM- 6:00 AM 40505, 40511 40502, 40509 40503, 40508, 40513, 40514

 

Time Tuesday September 20 Wednesday

September 21

Thursday September 22
3:00 AM- 6:00 AM 40502, 40515, 40517 40505, 40516 40504, 40510, 40511

 

Time Tuesday September 27 Wednesday

September 28

Thursday

September 29

3:00 AM- 6:00 AM 40503, 40515 40505, 40511 40502, 40509

* Portions of the above-listed zip codes are treated during the scheduled spray route. To view the scheduled spray routes, please visit www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org.

For scheduled spraying to occur, the wind speed must be less than 10 mph, the temperature must be greater than 55o F and there can be no rain or dense fog.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department uses Duet, a spray produced by Clarke Mosquito Control. Duet features a component that stimulates resting mosquitoes in trees and foliage, causing them to fly into the air and come into contact with the spray’s mosquito-killing agent, sumithrin. Duet has been rigorously tested for human and animal safety and is registered for outdoor residential and recreational areas. Humans can go outside immediately after Duet is sprayed, and the product is not corrosive or staining, so there should be no damage to cars or houses.

The following steps can also help you avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • Be aware of peak mosquito activity times. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak mosquito activity times. Use insect repellent when outdoors especially during peak activity times, including early morning hours. Look for EPA-labeled repellants containing active ingredients, such as DEET, IR3535, Picaridin (KBR3023) or oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-menthane 3,8-diol). Apply repellent according to label instructions. When weather permits, wear light-colored long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent helps prevent bites.
  • Mosquito-proof your home and yard. Fix or install window and door screens.Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Cover or eliminate empty containers with standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items such as tires, buckets, barrels and cans. Refresh the water in your pet’s water dishes and birdbaths at least every five to seven days.
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