The City of South Sioux City will conduct aerial spraying operations this week (Sometimes after because of weather), to decrease the population of larval mosquitoes. Operations will take place in the early morning hours. If the weather is not favorable, the spraying will be rescheduled to the next favorable weekday. This may occur periodically through-out the summer and fall, up to 10-12 times.
Vectobac 12AS. This larvicide is not toxic to bees, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. The chemical does not pose a risk to humans, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control.
The aerial spraying efforts are aimed at freshwater woodland, flood-pool, swamp, and open field-breeding mosquitoes and will have little effect on backyard container-breeding species.
Homeowners should follow the following tips to eliminate sources of standing water from their yards which could serve as mosquito breeding areas:
· Discard old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water holding containers in and around the property.
· Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in your yard.
· Keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
· Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.
· Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets to prevent puddles of standing water.
· Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store them indoors when not in use.
· Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while you are on vacation.
· Fill in tree root holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
· Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once a week.
For additional information about the aerial spraying process and schedule, contact the South Sioux City Public Works Department; phone 402-494-7534.