Increased Water In Valley Brings Increase In Mosquitoes

Staff & Douglas County Reports · 2 min read

MINDEN, Nev. — Increased water throughout Douglas County due to the heavy precipitation throughout the winter and spring has kept the Douglas County Mosquito Abatement General Improvement District busy this spring and summer.

Mosquitoes can carry the West Nile virus. Bites from infected mosquitoes transmit disease to people and animals. Protect your horses from the West Nile Virus by contacting your veterinarian to have your horse vaccinated. Dogs can get heartworm from mosquitos. Talk to your veterinarian about for more information on heartworm.

Photo courtesy of Douglas County Mosquito Abatement

Douglas County Mosquito Abatement has been active fogging neighborhoods throughout the Valley this summer — most recently in Westwood and Winhaven earlier this week.

A fogging schedule can be found on the district’s Web site along with updates, prevention tips and safety information on the chemicals deployed by the district.

To keep mosquitoes from biting, residents can apply insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to repel the insects. Wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts is also advised. Repair your door and window screens to keep mosquitoes out. Once mosquitos are hatched, they are most active at dawn and the first two hours after sunset.

Standing water left by flooding through the winter and spring months in Carson Valley — picture taken in May 2017, courtesy of Douglas County Mosquito Abatement

Standing water creates opportunities for mosquitoes to develop and bites from mosquitoes can transmit diseases to people and animals.

The Douglas County Mosquito District is asking residents to help with the following around their home to help with mosquito control:

• Eliminate artificial mosquito sources (dump any standing water or any objects that can trap or collect water such as wading pools, containers, bird baths, watering troughs, fish ponds, pet watering bowls, street and roof gutters and irrigated lawns or fields.

• Aerate ornamental ponds and clean vegetation branches.

• Minimize mosquito resting sites by thinning branches, pruning shrubs, and keeping grasses mowed, including pasture grass if possible.

For more information about fogging services and mosquitos in Douglas County call (775) 782-4642 or visit www.dcmosquito.org

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