City of Marshall to begin spraying for mosquitos

City of Marshall to begin spraying for mosquitos

MARSHALL, TEXAS (KSLA) - The City of Marshall announced that they have begun efforts to control the mosquito populations in the city.

Trucks using fogging equipment will target both adult and larvae to prevent the possible spread of diseases carried by the insect. Spraying will take place at 4 a.m.m on Tuesday and Thursday mornings twice a month. The city is divided into seven zones for fogging.

“The city has had a mosquito control program for quite some time and it is important to control mosquito populations, especially during the upcoming summer months, as they are a carrier of several diseases,” said Assistant Public Works Director Chris Miles, in a news release.

Mosquito spraying will not take place during rain or if the wind speed higher that 10 mph.

“The mist is designed to be suspended in air so that mosquito flying into it are controlled,” Miles said.

Spraying is scheduled in the early morning hours to limit exposure to people who may wish to avoid the pesticide.

The zones are rotated in the following order: zones 1 and 2; zones 3 and 4; zones 5 and 6; and zone 7. The fog is distributed through a trailer-mounted sprayer. (Source: City of Marshall)
The zones are rotated in the following order: zones 1 and 2; zones 3 and 4; zones 5 and 6; and zone 7. The fog is distributed through a trailer-mounted sprayer. (Source: City of Marshall)

Each season is different, but spraying efforts will usually continue through September.

The City of Marshall reminds people of the four D's of protection:

  • DRAIN standing water around the home
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET
  • Avoid being outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active
  • DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure

For more information, contact the Public Services Department at (903) 935-4516.

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