Fogging for Mosquitoes

IHNA was just informed by Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s office that our part of town being fogged for mosquitoes.  Please read below:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (August 17, 2010) Weather permitting, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will begin fogging for mosquitoes.  These areas are being fogged because mosquito pools gathered from these areas have tested positive for West Nile virus.  There have been no human cases of West Nile Virus in Louisville yet this year.

The following areas will be sprayed for mosquitoes this week:

Clifton Heights
N-Mellwood Avenue
E-Zorn Avenue
W-Drescher Bridge/Thompson Avenue
S-Bronsboro Road

Stilz Avenue
N-Frankfort Avenue
E-Cherry Lane
W-Godfrey Avenue/Crescent Ct
S-Lexington Road

Payne Street
N-Frankfort Avenue
E-South Ewing Avenue
W-Adams St/Cabel Street/ Buchanan St/ Baxter Ave
S-Lexington Rd/Payne Street/Cave Hill Rd

These areas are being fogged because of high mosquito counts in monitoring traps.

Mosquito fogging is done between dusk and dawn.  Mosquito fogging cannot be done if it is raining, if wind speeds exceed 10 miles per hour or if evening temperatures are above 85°F.  Fogging is usually conducted within a 7 to 10 day period. If fogging activities are canceled due to weather conditions, they will usually be rescheduled for the following weekday evening.
During fogging operations PLEASE:

  • Keep children away from the fogging vehicle.
  • Park your vehicle off the street when possible.
  • Do not tailgate or follow the fogging vehicles.
  • Do not stop the fogging truck while it is fogging.
  • Go inside and remain indoors while the fogging vehicle is in the neighborhood.

Workers will be spraying Anvil 2 +2® a product whose active ingredient is Sumethrin a synergized synthetic pyrethroid.  This product offers a very low toxicity and odor.  Pyrethroids can be used for public health mosquito control programs without posing unreasonable risks to human health.  It is registered by the US EPA and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for use in adult mosquito control programs.   This product is biodegradable.

The Health Department will post areas to be fogged throughout the summer on its websitewww.louisvilleky.gov/Health Citizens may also phone the fogging hotline at 574-6641.

Adults are encouraged to use insect repellant containing 20-35 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-tolumide) and concentrations of no more than 10% for children to reduce the risk of West Nile.  The CDC has also approved insect repellants containing picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when going outdoors will also help to reduce risk.

Citizens should also eliminate places on their property that hold standing water where mosquitoes can breed such as clogged gutters, low spots on tarps and swimming pool covers, and old tires in the back yard.  For areas where you can’t eliminate the standing water, such as in ornamental ponds, there are various products now available at large department stores, hardware, pet stores and home, garden and pond centers that will inhibit mosquito breeding.

Report crime

At the July, 2010 Neighborhood Meeting, District Resource Officer Jeff Artman brought a report indicating the following crimes in the Irish Hill Neighborhood area:

  • 1 Assault
  • 3 Criminal Mischief
  • 7 Theft
  • 1 Robbery
  • 3 Burglary

One of the crimes had happened on the day of the Neighborhood Meeting, but had already ended with a great outcome: “Arrest made – neighbor called police.”

It is important in any neighborhood, including Irish Hill, that we report suspicious activity. If you see anything that doesn’t seem right, call the police.  Let the police determine if it’s a good thing or a bad thing happening.  you know what “normal” is for your street.  If it isn’t normal – call the police.

In addition, Officer Artman and Irish Hill resident Chandler Bainter reiterated the importance on reporting crimes that happen.  If something is stolen from your house — big or small — report it.  If you are approached by a criminal, report it. With reports come statistics.  With statistics come extra patrols.

Soon after the Neighborhood Meeting, a car windshield was broken and a recycle bin was set on fire in one of our alley’s.  These incidents have been reported.  Keep a diligent eye.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@irishhillneighbors.org