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County to begin spraying for mosquitoes next week

Modified: Friday, Jun 13th, 2014

Uinta County plans to begin spraying for mosquitoes next week. And it's looking to be a mosquito-heavy summer. Here is a press release from the county:

Sunny weather, high water, green grass and birds singing all share one attribute of summer: the unmistakable buzz from our nemesis, the mosquito. Every year we strive to control the beast and every year the mosquito returns.

We have been out and about treating areas where we find mosquito larva as fast as we can. Despite all efforts, we can't get to them all before they mature into biting adult mosquitoes. We've even had some hatch out before we had employees hired to fight the little critters.

Our surveys are showing a potential for an abundance of mosquitoes this summer. Larva counts are high and light traps are showing an increase of emerging adult mosquitoes.

Timing becomes critical for application of the adulticide products. Too early and you miss late-developing adults, and too late the adults that are out now will have more time to lay more eggs, starting the cycle over again.

June 15 is our tentative date to start spraying. All spraying will take place in the late afternoon. This reduces inverse effects on the beneficial insects. The dates may vary depending on the weather conditions. Temperatures and wind need to be just right.

We will use Permanone 31-66 in our aerial applications. It will be applied at 1/3 ounce per acre.

Until then, we will continue to look for and treat the larva that we find and monitor our light traps. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Brad Asay at (307) 783-0436.

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