Washoe County begins mosquito abatement

The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. ” Washoe County is launching its seasonal attack on mosquitoes.

Beginning Thursday, the Washoe County Health Department will be spraying areas throughout the Truckee Meadows to curb the hatching of mosquitoes.

The effort will continue every Thursday through September, weather permitting.

Helicopters will spray an insect growth regulator, which prevents hatching mosquitoes from becoming adults.

Areas to be treated include Washoe Valley, Rosewood Lakes, Bella Vista ranch, the south meadows area, Stead, Lemmon Valley and Spanish Springs Valley.

Officials say only wetlands will be targeted, not residential neighborhoods.

Mosquitoes can spread West Nile and other illnesses. To avoid being bitten, officials recommend wearing long sleeves and pants when outside in the early morning and evening hours.

Using mosquito repellent and keeping property free of standing, stagnant water is also recommended.

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