City's Vector Control Begins Spraying for Mosquitoes

Reports of large mosquito populations in area neighborhoods have been on the rise since last week's rains, and the mosquito spraying trucks are ready to roll.

Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live outside of the City's Vector Control with the details.

All three of Vector Control spraying trucks have been loaded up plan to head out to three different areas Thursday night -- specifically at and around the airport, at North Beach and near Tuloso-Midway school.

Crews spent the afternoon filling up the tanks on the trucks with a chemical called Envion. While it is non-toxic to humans, it can cause respiratory distress. Vector Control Supervisor Tony Pantoja said the spraying Thursday night will be canceled if there is a steady, heavy rain.

However, the biggest concern by spraying crews is people staying outside or following their trucks.

"We don't like nobody running behind us at night when we're spraying. So we just want to keep everybody away from us. When they see the truck coming, go inside. If you wave at us, fine, just wave at us but step inside the house. We don't want anybody to get hurt," Pantoja said. "We don't know if you have asthma or anything like that. We don't want nobody to get sick. Especially little kids. Don't go running behind us on their bikes and all. Just stay away from us."

Pantoja said the crews automatically go to an area if at least 50 insects are found in the Vector Control traps. He said they have had as many as 200-300 in some traps this week, adding that the larger mosquitoes will die off themselves in another week or so, but the smaller ones, with the worse bites, will be around all year.

The Vector Control supervisor also said that they do spread larvicide, but only during the day and mainly in drainage ditches.


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