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MOSQUITO SPRAYING IN SMITHVILLE TO BEGIN TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019
MOSQUITO SPRAYING IN SMITHVILLE TO BEGIN TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2109 - The recent rains combined with warmer temperatures have created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. Besides being a nuisance, many citizens are concerned about the threat of West Nile and Zika viruses. In response, the City will begin spraying all roads and alley-ways twice a week in the evening hours between 9:00 pm and 3:00 am (every Tuesday and Friday) starting next week.
The City will be using “Evoluer 30-30” mosquito repellant which is mixed with an oil surfactant and delivered by a truck-mounted, ultra-low volume mister / sprayer. The manner and method in which the City dispenses the mosquito repellant solution complies with all regulatory requirements governing its use and does not present a significant health hazard to humans when delivered in DILUTE concentrations. However, the mixture can be toxic to fish and bees if sprayed directly in fish ponds or on blooming crops where bees are active. Note: Roads and alleys will be sprayed during the evening hours when bees are not active. Click on the link below to review the Evoluer 30-30 Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
In the meantime, citizens can help do their part by keeping tall grass mowed and removing commonly overlooked breeding spots that can hold water that include old tires, clogged gutters, abandoned tubs or buckets. A good mosquito repellant (e.g., OFF, CUTTER, REPEL, etc.) is also advised if going outdoors in the late afternoon / evening. Cloves inserted into lime halves also does a decent job for localized mosquito control. Some people swear by rubbing dryer sheets on their arms. When all else fails --- the palm of your hand is a tried and true, guaranteed method of mosquito abatement! Click on the following link for some interesting facts about mosquitos-->https://blog.mosquito.buzz/20-random-mosquito-facts-you-didnt-know
Please contact City Hall at (512) 237-3282 if you have any questions or need additional information.
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