Fresno neighborhood to be sprayed for mosquitoes

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Another Fresno neighborhood will be sprayed for mosquitoes.

It’ll start around 9 Monday evening, in the area between Highway 168 and Sierra Vista as well as Princeton and McKinley.

It’s in response to mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile in the area.

Neighbors say they can’t seem to escape the flying insects and that it may even be worse than years past.

“I think so, more because we’ve had a lot of family and friends that come over and they all get bitten,” said resident, Luis German Estrada.

A truck will soon hit the streets to kill the flying insects and spray very small amounts of insecticide into the air.

“We are spraying an ultra low volume of an aerosol adulticide,” said Steve Mulligan, of the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District.

It’s called fogging and the abatement district is behind the efforts.

The operation is done at night when the mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile Virus are most active.

But neighbors we talked with wanted to know if it’s safe.

“Yes, these materials that we are using to control mosquitoes are all registered by the EPA for use in residential areas,” Mulligan said.

The CDC adds that will not harm people, pets, or the environment.

“People can be outside or they can choose to be inside and close their windows during the fog but it won’t harm them if they are outside during the application,” Mulligan added.

So far this year, there have been 85 mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile in the abatement district’s jurisdiction.

“That’s why it’s important for us to spray insecticide to kill these adult mosquitoes,” Mulligan said.

Also, hopefully cut down on the itching plaguing neighbors.

“We get bit too much,” German Estrada said.

The abatement district says if they continue to get positive samples of West Nile, they will continue to fog.

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