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SCHD mosquito spray schedule and tips

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

In response to the recent positive tests of West Nile Virus (WNV) in sampled mosquitoes, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) will conduct truck-mounted spraying (adulticiding) of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved insecticides, weather permitting, in specific zip codes according to the following schedule:


Wed., May 8   
7:45 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Zip Codes: 38017, 38125, 38138, 38139

Thurs., May 9     
7:45 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Zip Codes: 38127

Mon., May 13     
7:45 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Zip Codes: 38109, 38116

Individuals with chronic health problems such as asthma or other lung conditions may want to remain indoors during the time of spraying if they live in one of the affected areas.  Residents who do not want their residences to be sprayed should contact the SCHD Vector Control Program at (901) 222-9715.

Mosquito Fact Sheet:

To ensure cases of human West Nile Virus are minimized, residents are also encouraged to be vigilant as it relates to controlling mosquito populations around their homes and businesses by taking the following precautions

  • Wear DEET-containing mosquito repellants according to label directions
  • Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Check properties for objects - including old tires, flower pots and drip plates, tin cans, buckets, and children's toys - that collect rainwater and either drain or dispose of the water
  • Install or repair windows and door screens
  • Empty, clean and refill birdbaths and small wading pools weekly
  • Empty and refill pets' water bowls every few days
  • Repair failed septic systems
  • Repair leaky outside faucets
  • Clean rain gutters and down spouts
  • Secure swimming pool covers tightly and remove any standing water after rainfall
  • Store wheelbarrows, canoes and boats upside down
  • Stock ornamental lawn ponds with fish (Gambusia) which eat mosquito larvae (Gambusia fish are available FREE from the Vector Control Program - please call for availability)

Health officials strongly encourage residents to refrain from sitting outdoors at night unless wearing repellant, regardless of perceived mosquito activity.

A copy of the 2011 WNV report can be found at:

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