Thursday, May 21, 2009

The City of Newnan Begins Its Mosquito Control Program In June

The Public Works Department will begin its mosquito management program in June and continue through September, fogging Tuesdays and Fridays from 7pm to 10pm, weather conditions permitting. We use a truck mounted ULV (ultra low volume) aerosol fogger for spraying a synthetic pyrethroid product (a synthetic version of a natural insecticide produced by chrysanthemum flowers) to help control adult mosquito populations within the City. At this time, the Public Works Department does not have a program for larval monitoring or surveillance, nor does the Department use any larval control products.

We will accommodate special requests, including requests for not spraying near particular residences.

Residents and property owners can help abate existing mosquito breeding sources by clearing property of any potential breeding sites and preventing them from recurring. Here are some suggestions for what you can do help eliminate potential breeding grounds and increase your enjoyment of the outdoors:

Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, bottles or any water-holding containers
Fill in or drain low places in your yard
Keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash to help drainage
Cover trash containers to keep water out
Repair leaky outside pipes and faucets
Empty plastic wading pools regularly and store them indoors when not in use
Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps
Change the water in bird baths and tray for plant pots at least once a week
Keep your grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed

Together we can eliminate potential breeding grounds and increase our enjoyment of the outdoors.

Because of ideal weather conditions, the mosquito population this spring and summer are predicted to be a bumper crop.

Mosquitoes are an all-too familiar summer nuisance, but much worse, they can carry West Nile virus or Eastern Equestrian Encephalitis for humans and heartworms for pets. West Nile virus can result in serious illness and sometimes death. The virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses and other mammals and is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has bitten an infected bird.

If you have any questions, comments or requests, please call the Public Works Department at 770-253-1823 or email Michael Klahr; Public Works Director at
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