In Beatrice, street superintendent Jason Moore says they rolled out the specially-equipped truck this week and started spraying for the blood-sucking pests.
“We’ll find the streams that run through town and we’ll hit the standing water on those with the tablets that we have that neutralizes the mosquito larvae,” Moore says. “We’ve really had to look at some of those standing water areas and go back and treat those.”
During a typical season, Moore says they’ll conduct at least three rounds of mosquito spraying, if not more.
“I really like to spray before the 4th of July because everybody’s outside,” he says. “We like to look again right around Labor Day and again because people might be out and about. We also really try to spray one more time in October.”
While October may seem late in the year to spray, Moore says mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus often appear that far into the season.
Moore says homeowners can help by removing areas of standing water and keeping vegetation under control near your home’s foundation. Also, get rid of weeds and leaves and dispose of old tires properly.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice