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Public Health and Wellness Begins Residential Mosquito Fogging Tonight

Wednesday July 18, 2012

Weather permitting, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will begin fogging residential areas for mosquitoes tonight. Last week the department fogged Churchill Downs and Cave Hill Cemetery to protect residents living in adjacent neighborhoods. The Sylvania Park and Lake Dreamland areas will be fogged tonight. The boundaries are:

Sylvania Park Area

North: Lower Hunters Trace

South: Greenwood Ave.

East: Terry Rd.

West: Greenbelt Hwy.

Lake Dreamland/Riverside Gardens

North: Ohio River

South: Campground Rd.

East: Senn Rd.

West: Elmwood Ave.

Mosquito fogging is done between dusk and dawn. Fogging cannot be done if it is raining, if wind speeds exceed 10 miles per hour or if evening temperatures are above 85°. If fogging activities are canceled due to weather conditions, they will usually be rescheduled for the following weekday evening.

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.

Citizens wishing to receive phone notification of fogging in their area as well as other important community notification alerts can sign up at The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will post areas to be fogged throughout the summer on its website Citizens may also phone the fogging hotline at 574-6641 or call MetroCall at 311 to report a specific mosquito problem.

During fogging operations PLEASE:
• Keep children away from the fogging vehicle.
• Park your vehicle off the street when possible.
• Do not tailgate or follow the fogging vehicles.
• Do not stop the fogging truck while it is fogging.
• Go inside and remain indoors while the fogging vehicle is in the neighborhood.

NOTE TO ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Fogging may be videotaped this evening at Lower Hunters Trace and Terry Rd. at 8:30 p.m. Photographers are asked to not stop the vehicle or attempt to interview the driver. Fogging may be canceled due to weather conditions. Phone Dave Langdon at 432-2916.