The Health Department began its annual mosquito collection and testing this week, with traps set out in 12 areas of the city on Sunday and collected Monday, a schedule that will be repeated through October. All samples from this week’s traps were negative for the West Nile virus. 

Nighttime spraying to control the adult population of mosquitoes is conducted by the City in designated areas only when area samples test positive for the West Nile virus, or if a resident contracts the West Nile virus. 

Residents are reminded to think of “The Four D’s” when taking personal steps to help protect against mosquito-borne illness: 

  • Drain standing water 
  • Avoid being out at dusk/dawn 
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants 
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET or other effective repellents all day every day 

When a spraying event is scheduled, the City notifies the public through a variety of channels, including neighborhood signage, the City website, the Mosquito Spraying/West Nile e-notification list, Nextdoor and via homeowners/neighborhood associations.