Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will be spraying for mosquitoes in five areas on Thursday, Oct. 4, between the hours of 9 p.m. to midnight, if the temperature is above 55 degrees. Two sites, Broadway and East Knox, are repeat sprayings as specified in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol. The other three locations, Fourth Avenue, Halls and Kimberlin Heights, have had new positive lab confirmation for West Nile Virus.
Signs will be posted in the affected areas to alert residents, who are asked to stay inside during spraying and to keep pets inside or in the back yard. A follow-up notice will be sent for repeat spraying in two weeks. Nighttime temperatures lower than 55 degrees may interfere with spraying as seasonal fall weather arrives.
"Mosquito activity has been drastically reduced because of the seasonal temperatures," said Ronnie Nease, KCHD's Environmental Health director. "We only had seven out of the fourteen surveillance traps with any mosquitoes in them this week. That’s a good sign that mosquito season is winding down." more>>