GF Mosquito Spraying

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Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have scheduled citywide spraying for mosquitoes for tomorrow night, Thursday, Sept. 19th. Spraying will begin around 7:30 p.m. and should be finished by midnight.

West Nile virus has been identified in the Grand Forks region. The cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks urge citizens to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

So far this summer season the North Dakota Health Department has confirmed seven human cases of WNV. Single cases occurred in seven different counties - including Grand Forks and Traill.

The mosquito most common for transmitting West Nile virus is the Culex tarsalis. This mosquito is most active from sundown and throughout the night into the early morning hours. To help reduce your risk of getting West Nile virus, the Health Department recommends the following protective measures:

· Use insect repellent that contains DEET.

· Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

· Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible.

· Eliminate standing water around homes (e.g., buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths).

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