Mosquito spraying begins in Mobile May 1

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG)- Mobile County mosquito traps have filled up enough this spring to begin night-time prevention spraying through the streets, according to the Mobile County Health Department.

Mobile County has 50 different spray zones to be covered by ground and air. 10,450 mosquito inspections, 60,202 miles covered and 6,881 mosquitoes were tested in 2018.

Vector Control will be rotating first- and second-generation chemical insecticides to prevent any tolerance from the mosquito population.

More from the Mobile County Health Department:

“MCHD provides a comprehensive program through its Vector Control department. This includes mosquito surveillance, disease surveillance, public health education, larviciding (larvae control), and adulticiding (adult mosquito control) to track, monitor and control mosquitoes. Vector Control also assesses the potential for mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) through its sentinel chicken program.

The chicks will be placed in 13 strategically located coops throughout the county once they reach maturity. In 2018, there were 13 humans confirmed with WNV. In the sentinel chicken program, 55 chickens tested positive for WNV while one had EEE.”

Mobile County is home to more than 50 species of mosquitos. To learn more about population control click here.

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