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The City of Warsaw is actively monitoring mosquito activity. Due to warmer weather, there is a large population of larvae that will soon hatch.
Mosquito spraying is being conducted. The City is divided into four sections (north, north side additions, south, and south side additions). The spraying crew rotates to a different section on a daily basis, weather permitting. However, rain, wind, or temperatures below 60 degrees will prevent them from spraying and, thus, delay the schedule.
Spraying is typically conducted around sunset or later. It may also be conducted in the early morning between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m. All trucks are equipped with smart flow systems that enable them to spray the lowest necessary concentration to treat the current mosquito conditions.
According to the Center for Disease Control, when applied correctly, truck spraying will not harm people, pets, animals, or the environment. Residents do not need to leave an area when truck spraying takes place. Spraying dissipates quickly, and there are no re-entry precautions or limitations. It degrades quickly in the environment and does not bio-accumulate. While the fog makes the spray appear greater, amounts as low as 6 tenths of an ounce may be used per acre (approximately the size of a football field).
City crews are also treating catch basins with briquettes that activate when the basin is flooded and deactivate when the basin is dry. Areas with stagnant water are also treated with granules that provide three to four weeks of larvae control.
While West Nile has not yet been detected in Kosciusko County this year, it has been detected in neighboring areas such as Elkhart County.
Residents are strongly encouraged to take preventative measures on their own property to help control the mosquito population.