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Mosquito Fogging Begins

Wednesday July 11, 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky – (July 10, 2007) Weather permitting, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will begin spraying for mosquitoes this week. The first areas to be sprayed are:

Highlands- Breckinridge Street Area        
Boundaries:
North-Breckinridge St.   
South–Rufer Ave.        
East-Baxter Ave.    
West-Barrett Ave.      

Riverpark/Shawnee Park Area
Boundaries:
North-Northwestern Parkway
South-Broadway
East-34th St. @ I-264
West-Ohio River

Portland Area
Boundaries:
North-Northwestern Parkway
South-Main St
East-15th St.
West-37th at I-264

Mosquito fogging is done between dusk and dawn. Mosquito fogging cannot be done if it is raining, if wind speeds exceed 10 miles per hour or if evening temperatures are above 85°F. In determining where to fog, the Department of Public Health and Wellness uses surveillance data, such as counts of mosquitoes in traps distributed throughout the metro area.

Workers will be spraying a synergized synthetic pyrethroid. This product offers a very low toxicity and odor. Pyrethroids can be used for public health mosquito control programs without posing unreasonable risks to human health. It is registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for use in adult mosquito control programs. This product is biodegradable.

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will post areas to be fogged throughout the summer on its website http://louisvilleky.gov/health. Citizens may also phone the fogging hotline at 574-6641 or call MetroCall at 311 to report a specific mosquito problem