Mosquito control districts or local government departments track mosquito populations to learn where viruses, like Zika or West Nile, are spreading in a community. Spraying insecticides from a truck is one way to safely kill mosquitoes in an area, especially when people in the community are getting sick from mosquito bites. There are different types of sprayers that can be put on a truck.
Truck spraying is used to:
Control and reduce the number of mosquitoes that can spread viruses.
Reduce your chances of getting infected with viruses.
What are mosquito control trucks spraying?
Mosquito control trucks spray very small amounts of insecticide into the air to kill mosquitoes. This spray is a fine mist that acts as a fogger in the area.
Mosquito control districts or local government departments will choose what type of insecticide to use in an area.
What does the insecticide spray do?
Adulticide sprays immediately kill flying mosquitoes. Larvicide sprays kill mosquito larvae that hatch from eggs and lasts longer than adulticide sprays. Both products will temporarily reduce mosquito populations in an area, but will not permanently get rid of them.
When does spraying occur?
Spraying takes place in the early evening when mosquitoes are more active.
Often, local government agencies or mosquito control districts announce the dates and times of spraying in the local newspaper, on district websites, through public service announcements, by telephone, or through door-to-door notices.
How often do communities spray?
After spraying, mosquito control districts or local government departments will track mosquito populations and treat an area again as necessary to reduce the chances of people getting bitten by mosquitoes that can spread viruses.
Is the spray harmful to people, pets, animals, or the environment?
No, when done correctly, truck spaying will not harm people, pets, animals, or the environment.
What should I do during or after spraying?
Spraying is safe. You do not need to leave an area when truck spraying for mosquito control takes place. If you prefer to stay inside and close windows and doors when spraying takes place you can, but it is not necessary. If you are having any type of health problems after spraying, contact your doctor or healthcare provider. The spray does not harm pets, but you may choose to bring them inside when spraying occurs.
Is truck spraying the best way to protect my yard from mosquitoes?
No, truck spraying is great for reducing mosquito populations in large areas. But you will still experience mosquito bites around your home and will need to use mosquito repellents. It is best to have mosquito control professional to treat your property on a regular basis. These treatments can kill and repel mosquitoes for a extended period for a time. Allowing you the luxury of not having to use mosquito repellents.