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May 1, 2013

City to begin spraying for mosquitoes tonight

GREENVILLE — The City of Greenville will spray for mosquitos throughout the community in May. The spraying will be conducting geographically using the single-member district map.  A copy of the map is available on the City’s website at www.ci.greenville.tx.us/MosquitoSprayMap.

Mosquito spraying is scheduled for:

 District 1 : Today and Thursday

 District 2: May 6 & 7

 District 3: May 8 & 9

 District 4: May 13 & 14

 District 5: May 15 & 16

 District 6: May 20 & 21

In case of rain, high winds, or inclement weather, spraying dates may be adjusted.

The most effective way to control mosquitoes is personal responsibility and to eliminate places where the insects breed.

— Eliminate standing water around homes, apartments and businesses.

— Keep lawns mowed since mosquitoes are likely to be found in high grass and weeds.

— Keep rain gutters free of leaves and debris to eliminate this as a breeding site.

— Empty water dishes, bird baths, wading pools, buckets, and flower pots that hold water.

— Maintain swimming pools so that water does not become stagnant and attract mosquitoes.

Protect you and your family from mosquitoes by remembering the Four Ds:

— DRAIN standing water around your home, apartment or business.

— DUSK/DAWN are the times of day when mosquitoes are most active, so avoid outside activities whenever possible and stay indoors.

— DRESS in long sleeves and pants when outside.  Spray clothing with insect repellent.

— DEET is one of the most important ingredients to look for in an insect repellent. The higher percentage of DEET in a repellent, the longer lasting protection it will provide against mosquito bites.

If you notice mosquitoes in your area, make sure and eliminate places where mosquitoes breed. If you still see a few insects, apply insecticide or larvicide briquettes (mosquito dunks) made especially for mosquito control.  These products are available from local garden, hardware, and home improvement stores, as well as many other retail outlets.

Peak mosquito season is between May and October.  The City has initiated a public education campaign for mosquito control.  For information, resources, and tips on mosquito control, visit: www.ci.greenville.tx.us/FightTheBite.

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