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Woodstock to spray for mosquitoes

WOODSTOCK – Recent rainfall has triggered hatches of the floodwater mosquito.

The city of Woodstock has contracted with Clarke Mosquito Control once again to provide periodic larvicide applications in roadside storm sewer inlets and structures and publicly owned areas with open water and adulticiding applications that are sprayed from a truck that travels city streets.

Assuming favorable weather conditions, spraying will be completed between dusk Friday and dawn Saturday.

If weather conditions are not favorable, spraying will take place at the next available opportunity.

Residents who would like to be notified before a spraying can call Clarke’s Mosquito Hotline at 800-942-2555.

According to Clarke, these steps can assist in the fight against West Nile virus:

• If outdoors when mosquitoes are active, dress in light-colored, long-sleeved clothing, long pants and socks during prime mosquito hours. Apply mosquito repellent with DEET to clothing and exposed skin according to label directions.

• Discard any outdoor container that might hold water and empty water from wading pools and birdbaths once a week.

• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around the house.

• Since dead birds (crows, blue jays and raptors) can be the first warning that West Nile virus is present in the area, report dead birds to the county health department.

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