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Shelby County Target Mosquitoes In 6 ZIP Codes

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) - Shelby County Vector Control trucks were was scheduled to be out on the streets Monday evening spraying against mosquitoes but Monday's rain stopped them.

They'll make another attempt Tuesday night spraying in six ZIP Codes in Midtown and North Memphis in an effort to control the mosquito population, and the West Nile virus.

So when you do see one of these trucks in your neighborhood, follow the advice of the Shelby County Health Department.

"It’s got a large blinking light at the top so when you see it coming, just go inside," said Ture Carlson, an Entomologist with the Shelby County Health Department.

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The spraying is not really toxic to humans, just not recommended. Three Shelby County vector trucks will begin spraying Tuesday night in an effort to kill mosquitos that could transmit West Nile. The first positive mosquito pool this season was found the first week of June.  Area experts say there is no reason for alarm at this point.

"It’s not a common serious problem anymore which is not to say we couldn’t have a season that is more severe in numbers than we've had in recent years but there's no significant predictor and not just because we've had one case in our community," said Dr. Stephen Threlkeld, Infectious Disease Physician with Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

Carlson agrees saying it looks like summer 2014 might be a down season for the West Nile virus here locally.

"The biggest thing is just protect yourself, we can't do that for you, we can't put you in a long sleeve shirt or put DEET on you, those are precautions you have to take yourself," said Carlson.

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