Aerial Spraying to Target Large Numbers of Nuisance Mosquitoes

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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.