Mosquitoes creating quite the buzz in Jacksonville
POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:50pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:10am
Tyler, Texas(KETK) — Mosquitoes have been all the buzz this summer. Many cities typically spray in neighborhoods to rid the heavy population. However, in Jacksonville, Kelly Young, the city’s Vector Control Coordinator, says the weather isn’t cooperating.
The mosquito spray has set regulations on when it can be used. Rainy weather prevents the team from spraying communities because it waters down the chemical. If the wind blowing faster than anything between 5 and 10 miles per hour, the spray will be carried away from its designated area. Young tries to spray at dusk when most people are inside their homes and when the mosquitoes are most active. He told us they want to limit chemical exposure as much as possible, but that the risks are minimal.
Young demonstrated to KETK how the spray machine works. He told us the machine has a special block that controls how much chemical is released. As long as he keeps the machine between 5 to 20 miles per hour, the legal amount of chemical will be released.
A typical Texas summer has a drought period, making it perfect spraying weather. This summer has been a particular wet
one in Texas, causing more mosquito growth and less opportunity to control them. They have some upcoming days where they weather is supposed to permit them to spray. Young says he’s going to take advantage of that time and try to get as many neighborhoods sprayed as possible. The city of Jacksonville is broken up into 11 different routes and he tries to get through at least 3 a week.
The Jacksonville Daily Progress has published a list of upcoming streets to be sprayed. You can find those here. The city of Jacksonville will also alert the neighborhoods weeks in advanced before they begin spraying.