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Mosquito spraying postponed, prolonged

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Four weeks of mosquito spraying in the city of Bridgeport continued this week.

The treatments will take place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday and Thursday until Aug. 15. They are done twice a week to go through two life cycles of the adult mosquito.

Once the current spraying cycle has been completed, city officials will monitor the situation to determine if more spraying is necessary.

Spraying was slated to begin Monday, July 15, but was delayed three days because of welcomed rain.

Although the active ingredients of the pesticide products break down quickly and do not leave a toxic residue, officials encourage residents to stay indoors during spraying hours as a safety precaution.

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 home-grown fruits with water;
  • keep pets indoors during spraying to minimize their risk of exposure.

For protection against mosquitoes, Bridgeport Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman reminds residents of the four D’s:

  • DRAIN standing water, which can be found in potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys, clogged rain gutters, pet watering dishes, birdbaths and swimming pools that are not kept clean;
  • DUSK/DAWN are the times of day when mosquitoes are most active, so stay indoors if at all possible.
  • DRESS in long-sleeved shirts and pants when you are outside. Spray thin clothing with insect repellent.
  • DEET is the ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. For an organic alternative, look for an orange spray, eucalyptusor citronella.

For more information, call 940-683-3400.

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