In a continuing effort to reduce the chances for the spread of the West Nile Virus, two more Hamilton County locations are scheduled to be sprayed this week – Cumberland Park in Fishers and the area of 2nd and Washington streets in Noblesville.
If the weather cooperates, these areas will be sprayed on Wednesday. However, Hamilton County officials advise residents to keep checking for updates.
Hamilton County uses integrated mosquito management methods that are endorsed by the CDC and EPA. According to the county, these are comprehensive methods that are specifically tailored to safely counter each stage of the mosquito life cycle. Larval control through water management and source reduction, is a critical pest management as is use of the environmentally friendly EPA-approved larvicides currently available.
When source elimination or larval control measures are difficult to achieve, or when disease presences is identified, the EPA and CDC have emphasized the need for considered application of adulticides.
Local health staff are certified applicators and trained by the Office of the Indiana State Chemist in the special handling characteristics of these products.
The county’s mosquito management program includes the following elements:
1. larval and adult mosquito sampling;
2. source reduction;
3. larviciding and adulticiding, when indicated by surveillance;
4. resistance monitoring;
5. disease surveillance in mosquitoes, and humans
6. public education.
In addition, adult mosquitoes are routinely collected and tested for West Nile Virus around the county. When mosquitoes are found positive for West Nile Virus, truck mounted spraying takes place at sunset and covers a buffer area of approximately one mile around the positively sampled area. Truck mounted spray is not done for nuisance mosquitoes and is not harmful to humans or pets. West Nile Virus activity peaks in August and September so make sure you're protected.