Jacksonville Daily Progress
Starting next week, the City of Jacksonville will begin implementing its summer mosquito spraying program. During the week of June 9-13, the City will be spraying in areas 1, 6 and 11. These areas include the following streets:
Area 1 – Lake: Ball Park, Barnes Lane, Bass Hollow, Birdwell Lane, Byrd Road, Cardinal Circle, Cliff, Elliot, Idle Creek, Lake Park Drive, Lakeshore, Mills, Monkress, Murray and Pineda.
Area 6 – Lon Morris: Alexander, Bonner, Bridge, Brown, Burleson, Cedar, Center, College, Cottonwood, Devereaux, Edward, Farnsworth, Goodson, Hickory, Keith, Magnolia, Mary, Mulberry, Pecan, Peeples, Pineda, Prather, Reagan, Shipman, Sunset, Sycamore, Tilley, Water, Willow and Woodlawn.
Area 11 – South: Ardis, Bonita, Bonner, Broiles, Button Bush, Canada, College, Crestview, Earl, Fuller, Gay, Glenda Dement, Hall, Ivey, Lloyd, Main, Matthews, McKnight, Medi-Vac, Nacogdoches, Neal, Norman, Park, Preston, Ragsdale, Ridgecrest, South Ridge, Sunnydale, Talley Nichols, Tena, Thompson, Town Oaks, Tremont, Valley View and Woodhaven.
There are four simple steps anyone can take to keep mosquito bites to a minimum. These tips will decrease your chance of exposure to diseases like West Nile Virus, and could help protect your animals from illnesses like Eastern equine encephalitis.
Remove the mosquito’s habitat. Mosquito larva can grow in a water container the size of a soft-drink bottle lid. Dump out any standing water in birdbaths, planting pots, pet water bowls and anything that may collect water every few days. Maintain your pools and dump them out if the water is stagnant. Also try to correct any drainage issues in your yard, if possible. Removing these breeding sites is a cheap, easy and effective way to limit the number of mosquitoes in your neighborhood.
Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk. These are the prime feeding times for most female mosquitoes. Some species will bite during the day, but they are not as common.
Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors to avoid bites. This can be uncomfortable during East Texas summers, but it greatly decreases the odds of being bitten, as mosquitoes cannot bite through most clothing.
Finally, be sure to apply insect repellant when outdoors. The most common insect repellants on the market contain DEET, which is very effective. For those who do not want to use DEET, alternative repellants containing Picardin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus have been shown scientifically to be about as effective as DEET.
All pesticide applications will be made in the evenings. City officials remind residents to keep pets and children indoors during times of expected spraying. Likewise, adults should also limit their exposure to airborne mosquito spray as much as possible.
Factors such as rain, evening temperatures below 55 degrees F, and winds in excess of 10 miles per hour will prohibit the city from spraying during some evenings. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.