Three straight nights of aerial pesticide spraying will begin Monday to kill mosquitoes in northern Sacramento County. Spraying in rural areas is common but district manager David Brown says this year they’re spraying insecticide over 71,000 acres of urban neighborhoods.
"It’s unusual to do it in our populated areas but I think it goes in hand with we’ve never had West Nile Virus here to this extent as well."
Health officials report 13 cases of the virus in Sacramento County.
Brown says aerial and ground spraying will take place between 8:30 and 11 at night when mosquitoes are most active. "We do encourage people to stay indoors. We’re going to be doing the treatments at very low application rates, it’ll be less than one ounce per acre. The products that we use are natural pyrethrums so there really isn’t any harm."
The district plans to start aerial spraying in the southern section of Sacramento County on Thursday night.
For more information, go to the district’s website: www.fightthebite.net.