Beatrice Street Department to Wage Battle Against Mosquitoes

BEATRICE – The Beatrice Street Department goes on the offensive this week, against mosquitoes.

A street department crew will spray for the bugs starting tonight, and on Thursday night.  Street Superintendent Jason Moore says what started out as a relatively dry late May and early June stretch, has now turned to a wet period, with more standing water.

:23                  “and treat those”

This week is the first time this season a truck fitted with spraying equipment will be utilized. The spraying was delayed by rain and higher wind around the recently completed Homestead Days Celebration.  Officials assess the mosquito numbers using bug counts at light traps throughout the community.

:29                  “above fifty count”

During a typical season, the department conducts about four rounds of mosquito spraying in the community.

:24                  “in October”

In just the past few days, a mosquito pool in Lancaster County tested positive for West Nile Virus.  Moore says you must be proactive in removing areas of standing water.

:15                  “and alleyways”

Moore says homeowners can do their part by removing areas of standing water and keeping vegetation under control near your home’s foundation, and getting rid of weeds and leaves.  Also, dispose of old tires properly.

A tire recycling collection is coming up for Gage County residents, August 15th and 16th, at the Gage County Fairgrounds.

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