Mosquito-Spraying In Your Neighborhood

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will continue mosquito-spraying activities throughout the summer. Spraying will start in the evening hours when mosquitoes are most active.

The schedule for June 18 through June 29 is as follows:

Monday 6/18, 6/25 40509 & 40516 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Tuesday 6/19, 6/26 40510 & 40511 3:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m.
40515 & 40517 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Wednesday 6/20, 6/27 40502 3:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m.
40503 & 40514 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Thursday 6/21, 6/28 40504 & 40513 3:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m.

40505 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday 6/22, 6/29 40507 & 40508 3:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m.

For spraying to be held, the wind speed must be less than 10 mph, the temperature must be greater than 55 degrees Fahrenheit and there can be no rain or dense fog.

According to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, the following steps can also help you avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:

● Be aware of peak mosquito activity times. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times. Use insect repellent when outdoors especially during peak biting times, including early morning hours. Look for EPA-labeled repellents containing active ingredients, such as DEET, Picaridin (KBR3023) or oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-menthane 3,8-diol). Apply repellent according to label instructions. When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent helps prevent bites.

● Mosquito-proof your home and yard. Fix or install window and door screens. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Cover or eliminate empty containers with standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items such as tires, buckets, barrels and cans. Refresh the water in your pet’s water dishes and birdbaths at least every five to seven days.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department also conducts surveys in neighborhoods around Lexington to identify standing water problems that can serve as a location for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Elimination of standing water is the ultimate goal, but in areas where standing water cannot be eliminated the water can be treated to kill mosquito larvae with a chemical called a larvicide. The mosquito spray used by the health department only affects the mosquitoes that are in the air at the time of spraying.

To report a standing water problem in your neighborhood, please call the Division of Environmental Health and Protection at (859) 231-9791.


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  • by Cancer Patient Location: Broadway on Aug 1, 2008 at 04:07 PM
    These idiots sprayed broadway on july 30th during the Allen Jackson concert on Broadway at the Baseball Park. If this garbage is so safe, will you kindly come over and allow me to view you inhaling some in a plastic bag? Next time you come thru here you may be shot at and not by me. The neighborhood is not happy. This garbage is not effective as the bugs are flying around all over today and this is August 1st. Who ownes this spraying and chemical company and what mid east country do they have duel citizenship in? BANG!
  • by Margaret Location: 208 Catalpa Rd on Jun 21, 2007 at 02:49 AM
    Killing birds, killing bats. Killing God’s creatures that eat mosquitos. More poison is not what we need. Instead, we need to put up bat houses, encourage more people to have koi/goldfish ponds, and throw in some tadpole eggs for frogs. Then for the full unpoisonous solution, go to gaiamharmony.com and find the Guardian Mosquito Traps to place in auspicious spots around the city. It works not only just as well, but better. Think of the money you’d save for other much needed projects. Please don’t put more poison in our all-too precious air. Instead, make us proud of our Green City of Lexington. Margaret Gordon
  • by joe Location: kentucky on Jun 18, 2007 at 06:18 PM
    1. a mosquitoe bites an hiv positive person 2. a mosquitoe bites an uninfected person 3. guess what? 4. good for the spraying 5. i hope they do it elsewhere.
  • by Margaret Gordon Location: 208 Catalpa Rd on Jun 18, 2007 at 06:10 PM
    I have always slept with my windows open to enjoy the cool night air. I feel angry and deprived on the nights when poison wafts through my windows. I can smell it, and I know it's bad for me. Can't we use green solutions.

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