ROCK SPRINGS — The City of Rock Springs will soon begin its mosquito abatement program, and over the next few weeks city personnel will be spraying in areas of the city using a truck mounted aerosol sprayer.
Spraying will be conducted between Sunday July 5 and Friday July 10 in the following areas:
- The Cemetery
- Sweetwater Creek
- Bitter Creek from East I-80 Interchange to the Wastewater Treatment Plant
- The area around Bunning Park
- The Wetlands Park area by Smith’s
- Killpecker Creek along Springs Drive and Community Park Drive
Further spraying needs will be evaluated throughout the summer.
Mosquito control applications do not pose a significant risk to people or pets due to the low toxicity of the spray and small amount used to control mosquitoes. As with any pesticide, people, and pets should minimize exposure.
If residents see the spray truck next to their yards, they are advised to go indoors, close windows and turn off cooling units for a few minutes while the spray dissipates.
This project is part of an overall effort to control mosquitoes in the City of Rock Springs. In June, pellets containing methoprene were put into the stagnant water areas of the Bitter Creek and Killpecker Creek through town. Larvacide pellets were also placed in some of the ponds at the golf course and in the City flood detention ponds.
While enjoying activities or working outdoors during Wyoming’s warmer months, residents should avoid mosquitos because they can spread potentially serious disease, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. Mosquitoes spread West Nile virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals and other birds.
“5 D’s” of West Nile Virus Prevention:
DAWN and DUSK – Mosquitos prefer to feed at dawn or dusk, so avoid spending time outside during these times.
DRESS – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt outdoors. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials.
DRAIN – Mosquitos breed in shallow, stagnant water. Reduce the amount of standing water by draining and/or removing.
DEET – Use an insect repellent containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m- toluamide). When using DEET, be sure to read and follow label instructions. Other insect repellents such as Picaridin (KBR 3023) or oil of lemon eucalyptus can also be effective.
WNV activity is tough to predict. In Wyoming last year, 4 human WNV cases, but no deaths, were reported. Since WNV first appeared in Wyoming in 2002, reported human cases each year have ranged from two with no deaths to 393 and nine deaths.
More information on West Nile virus is available on the web at http://www.health.wyo.gov/phsd/skeeter/index.html. Questions about the Rock Springs mosquito control project may be directed to Rock Springs Fire Chief Jim Wamsley at 352-1475.