The West Umatilla Mosquito Control District (WUMCD) and the North Morrow Vector Control District (NMVCD) will be conducting targeted aerial mosquito control spraying with a twin engine airplane after sunset on Tuesday, June 1, weather permitting.
The application will be done the next day if there is a weather delay. The spraying is in response to a large hatch of mosquitoes impacting areas in both Western Umatilla County and Northern Morrow County.
Randy Gerard, manager of the WUMCD, said a total of 10,000 acres will be targeted in the Highway 730 area between Umatilla and Irrigon, and also around East Spearman Road.
For more information, contact the WUMCD at 567-5201 or the NMVCD at 541-481-6082.
Here are some suggestions to reduce the risk of exposure to mosquitoes:
- Get rid of old tires and other containers where water can accumulate and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Flush or replace the water in horse troughs weekly.
- Be sure to flush or add mosquito fish to ornamental ponds.
- Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when in mosquito infested areas.
- Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, making sure to follow the directions on the container.
- Screen doors and windows.
- Report mosquito infestations to the West Umatilla Mosquito Control District (541) 567-5201 or the North Morrow Vector Control District for Morrow County residents (541) 481-6082.