RAPID CITY, S.D. — Summer is a time to be exterior.
It’s a good time to take pleasure in a couple of ball video games and picnics.
But it doesn’t matter what exercise you’re having fun with, you need to be ready.
Rapid City employees is getting ready by packing their mosquito management and prevention tools.
Per week earlier than Memorial Day, crews had been out putting larvicide briquettes in swimming pools of standing water, or water that hasn’t evaporated.
“Those briquettes will final for about 180 days,” stated Scott Anderson, the Parks Division Manager for the City of Rapid City. “What they do is that they kill the larvae of the mosquitoes, so the mosquito lays eggs within the water after which the larvae will probably be killed in order that they gained’t hatch into precise grownup mosquitoes.”
Recent moisture, though good for the realm would possibly add to the mosquito downside.
Anderson says mosquito larvae can construct up in locations the place standing water is prevalent, like an previous tire in your yard or chook bathtub.
If you’re going to be out and about, particularly late at evening, he says that’s when the mosquitoes with West Nile Virus usually tend to fly.
“During the day, typically, if you happen to get bit by mosquitoes, if there’s some in the course of the day, that’s often not too huge an issue,” Anderson stated. “It’s the evening time ones that may often carry that West Nile Virus.
He says to be sure to’re utilizing mosquito spray, ideally with DEET.
The metropolis will proceed to do mosquito therapy when it might probably, however Anderson says that the most suitable choice could also be defending your property.
“Generally it really works pretty good however, if we’re taking place the road, it’s in all probability not gunna get into your again yard,” Anderson stated.