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Question DetailsAsked on 9/13/2016

Do the city's ever spray for Mosquito infestations in the neighborhoods. They did years ago.

I live in Independence, Mo and Moved here recently. The neighborhood has the worst case of mosquito infestation I have ever seen here. All my neighbors recognize the problem too and have been working at cleaning up and leaving no standing water around. My Question is; Do the city's Spray for mosquitoes these days as they did years ago? Small bulk trucks were used then, and workers would spay neighborhoods once a month with a white cloudy mist.

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You would have to contact City Hall - Health Department for confirmation, but I found a link on their website saying they no longer do this.

Very, very few places do it - because of the health risks to elderly and infants from exposure to the spray, complaints from environmentalists, etc, as well as cost - so generally governments now do this ONLY when there is a proven ooutbreak of mosquito-borne disease in the area> Like in Miami/Dade county they are only spraying very limited areas where there has been multip-le proven local transmission events to kill of suspected infected mosquitos because of the Zika virus, rather than the entire area to try to prevent its spread to outlying population. Reactive rather than preventative care seems to be the mode these days.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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