Mosquito spraying planned

Spraying is expected to resume this week after trapped mosquitoes in the Ridgecrest area again tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Trucks will be spraying Wednesday, September 16, Thursday, September 17, and Friday, September 18, at 7 p.m., weather permitting. The spraying will take about 3-4 hours. It is recommended that citizens stay indoors during this time.

To avoid mosquito bites, apply insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Use an EPA registered insect repellent such as those containing DEET. Permethrin sprayed on clothing provides protection through several washes. Products with a higher percentage of DEET as active ingredient generally give longer protection.

For more preventive measures visit Don’t spray repellent on skin under clothing. Don’t use permethrin on skin. For details on when and how to apply repellent, visit Map shows the areas to be sprayed.

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