Winds Delay Mosquito Spraying

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 15, 2005

Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District Manager David Brown says unless there’s a sudden change in the weather, aerial efforts to combat West Nile virus are grounded until further notice.

"No if the wind were to die down we would be able to go within a couple of hours but the way the weather patterns look it looks like we won’t have good weather conditions for the week."

The winds must be less than 10 MPH before they can do aerial spraying. Meantime, Brown says the breezy weather doesn’t change the threat of getting a mosquito bite.

"Just because it’s windy doesn’t mean the mosquitoes won’t be out and feeding on people. For example, if you happen to be in your backyard in an area that’s secluded from the wind you’re still at risk of being bitten."

He says people should put some type of repellent on if they’re going to be outdoors when mosquitoes are most active during evening hours or better yet, stay indoors.