Mosquito spraying begins Monday

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, July 13, 2013

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Ground spraying for mosquitoes in the city of Bridgeport begins Monday.

City personnel will spray Aqualuer 20-20 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Although the active ingredient of the pesticide generally breaks down quickly without leaving a toxic residue, city staff urge citizens to stay indoors during the spraying.

Staff also suggests residents:

  • keep windows and doors closed and fans off when they are spraying in the immediate area of your home;
  • shut off air conditioners or set them to recirculate indoor air;
  • rinse any homegrown fruits with water;
  • keep pets indoors during spraying to minimize their risk of exposure.

As protection against mosquito bites, residents should limit outdoor activity during the evening and nighttime hours, wear long-sleeved clothing and use a mosquito repellent.

The City also advises residents to drain all standing water and keep grass cut short in order to prevent mosquito breeding.

Last month, the council opted not to pursue the spraying of mosquitoes. But after receiving several inquiries from residents as to why not, Mayor Keith McComis asked that the matter be reconsidered during a council meeting last week.

During the meeting, Councilwoman Kathy Kennedy presented her findings on the benefits of spraying for mosquito abatement. Councilman Kevin Lopez countered with information about the dangers of the chemicals used in spraying.

Mayor McComis polled the council, and since officials were divided on the issue, they resolved to poll citizens.

For more information, call 940-683-3400.

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