City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Due to concerns about a potential West Nile Virus (WNV) disease outbreak, the City of Lincoln will continue spraying selected areas to kill the adults mosquitoes which may be carrying the WNV. “Unfortunately, the lack of wind in the evenings prevented us from spraying except one night last week,” said John Chess, Program Supervisor with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. Spraying is scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening this week. “As expected, following the rain earlier this month, we are receiving reports of increasing numbers of mosquitoes,” said Chess.
The initial decision to spray was based on:
Since the decision was made to spray, 10 addition human cases have been reported in Nebraska and two blood donors have been found to be positive in Lancaster County.
WNV can cause severe illness in people and may result in long term hospitalization and even death. In 2003, 129 people in Lancaster County were diagnosed with West Nile Disease, and two died. Many were affected quite severely, and required weeks or months of rehabilitation. Some have not fully recovered from having WNV disease.
The City of Lincoln will spray selected areas to kill adult mosquitoes. Weather permitting, mosquito spraying will be conducted, Monday, August 21, Tuesday August 22, and Wednesday August 23. Spraying will usually be conducted in the evenings when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active. The following areas are scheduled to be sprayed:
Spraying will be done by certified pesticide applicators from the Parks and Recreation and Public Works and Utilities Departments using state-of-the-art sprayers mounted on the back of city pick-up trucks. The pesticide being used will be Anvil 2+2, which is one of the safest pesticides available for mosquito control. The active ingredient is Sumrithrin, a synthetic chemical derived from Chrysanthemums.
If people wish to reduce their exposure to the spray they can:
People with extremely sensitive allergies to pyrethroid pesticides or severe asthma may contact the Health Department at 441-8040 and ask that spraying not be done on their property.
Because spraying does not kill all mosquitoes, the public is encouraged to take responsible actions to “Fight the Bite.” These actions include protecting yourself by using effective mosquito repellent (e.g. containing DEET or Picaridin) whenever you are outdoors, avoiding being outside during dawn and dusk, and wearing long sleeved shirts and pants when possible. The directions on the product label should be followed. In addition, the Health Department urges all residents to eliminate breeding sites on their own property by eliminating standing water, dumping containers that are holding water, and changing water in pet bowls and bird baths daily.