In response to positive lab results for West Nile Virus, Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will be spraying to reduce the mosquito population in the Carter area on Thursday, June 30 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Signs will be erected in the affected areas to alert residents, who are asked to stay inside and bring pets inside during spraying.
Mosquito spray trucks will be on these roads Thursday night
- All of Carter Mill Subdivision
- Knox County’s Carter Park
- Strawberry Plains Pike from Asheville Highway to Carter School Road
- Carter School Road from Strawberry Plains Pike to Asheville Highway
- Asheville Highway from Carter School Road to Strawberry Plains Pike
“This year looks like it will have unusually high mosquito activity because of the rain and high temperatures.” said Ronnie Nease, KCHD director of Environmental Health. “And, as always, I want to remind everyone to wear light-colored, protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks, and use a mosquito repellant containing DEET if you go outside when mosquitoes are prevalent.” (NOTE: See more mosquito control tips below.)
Follow up spraying will be done on Thursday, July 14 in the same areas.
To address the public health concerns caused by mosquitoes, KCHD conducts a mosquito control program during the summer months. As the weather begins to warm each spring, public health professionals begin trapping mosquitoes around the county, testing batches weekly for West Nile Virus, a mosquito-borne disease which can infect humans, horses and birds. WNV affected areas are sprayed according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols with an approved mist when needed to reduce the mosquito population. Application is recommended between the hours of 9 p.m. to midnight when mosquitoes are most active. From March until the first frost, larvicides also are used in areas with standing water to prevent mosquito proliferation.
TIPS FOR CONTROLLING MOSQUITOES
Eliminating breeding areas is an important factor in controlling the mosquito population. KCHD urges the public to reduce breeding sites around their homes by following these tips:
· Dispose of, regularly empty, or turn over any water holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flowerpots, or trashcans.
· Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors.
· Make sure roof gutters drain properly and water doesn’t stand in them.
· Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week.
· Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
· Keep swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs clean and properly chlorinated;
· Remove standing water from pool covers.