Insecticide spraying will be carried out in Palm Springs to prevent West Nile

From the Valley News
May 21, 2019

PALM SPRINGS – Palm Springs will be the third city in the Coachella Valley to be sprayed with insecticide following the netting of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus within the city limits, vector-control officials announced.

Neighborhoods in Indio and Coachella were sprayed with an “ultra-low” volume of insecticide last week to prevent the spread of mosquitoes infected with WNV found in those cities.

The same measures will be taken in Palm Springs between Thursday and Saturday, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, which trapped a new batch of WNV-infected mosquitoes in the city last week.

“What makes this year unlike others is the swiftness in which West Nile virus was detected in so many different areas of the Coachella Valley,” CVMVCD General Manager Jeremy Wittie said. “With the upcoming holiday weekend, people will want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.”

The insecticide is not toxic to humans, and will be sprayed in a mist in such amounts that it will not present harm to any animals larger than an insect, CVMVCD spokeswoman Jill Oviatt said. In addition to Palm Springs, Indio and Coachella will be misted again to prevent further transmission of the virus.

The sprays will be coordinated in 12-hour shifts starting at 8 each night in order to avoid killing off any bees, officials said.

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