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Mosquito Fogging to Begin June 19

Post Date:06/14/2017 11:48 AM
Mosquito fogging in City parks will begin Monday, June 19, and will continue until the end of September or when mosquito population thresholds are no longer exceeded. Ames residents who are planning large events may call the Parks and Recreation Department and request that a specific park be fogged before their event.
 
The following parks will be fogged between 8 and 10:30 p.m., weather permitting (no rain or winds over 10 miles per hour):
Mondays: Country Gables Park, Ames Dog Park, and Hunziker Youth Sports Complex
Tuesdays: Homewood Golf Course, Inis Grove Park, Brookside Park, and River Valley Park
Wednesdays: Bandshell Park, Moore Memorial Park, Emma McCarthy Lee Park, and Daley Park
In the event of inclement weather, the makeup dates for all the parks will be weekday mornings from 6 to 8 a.m. and Thursday evenings from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
 
Mosquitoes thrive in the warm, wet weather of summer in Iowa and can carry several diseases. However, there are several ways to avoid and get rid of mosquitoes. The most effective way to eliminate mosquitoes is to remove standing water in residential areas. It’s also important to remember to wear mosquito repellent or long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent bites.
 
The City contracts with Iowa State University Department of Entomology in administering the Mosquito Control program. Iowa State Entomology provides the mosquito traps and the expertise in determining mosquito populations, as well as sends mosquito samples to the State Hygienic Lab for testing. City staff is notified when thresholds have been exceeded and administers the two-step program. First, larvicide granules are applied to standing water in the parks to eliminate the larvae. Second, fogging is conducted in the evenings or early mornings to control the adult mosquitoes.
 
The chemical applied in the Parks and has been tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) multiple times. It is considered one of the safest chemicals for people and the environment, and one of the most effective at controlling mosquitoes.
 
The Parks and Recreation Department manages 37 parks and offers approximately 150 athletic, aquatic, instructional and wellness programs. Indoor programs are offered year round at the Community Center, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, and Municipal Pool. For more information, go to the Parks and Recreation homepage at www.amesparkrec.org or call the Community Center at 515.239.5350.
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