June 26, 2019

(7/18/19 UPDATE) City Crews Spraying For Mosquitoes (w/location map link)

City crews will begin mosquito control measures with fogging operations beginning July 1.  Crews have spent the last few weeks placing larvicide briquettes in areas of standing water in the community. City crews will begin mosquito control measures with fogging operations beginning July 1. Crews have spent the last few weeks placing larvicide briquettes in areas of standing water in the community. (City File Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

THURSDAY (JULY 18)

(4 p.m. Update)  Crews were able to finish mosquito control efforts on the east side of town last night.  Crews will return to the central parts of the City beginning this evening, areas 1, 2 and 4.  Reminder crews generally spray between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., weather permitting.

WEDNESDAY (JULY 17)

(3:45 p.m. Update) Crews will continue work in routes three, five and six tonight, weather permitting.

TUESDAY (JULY 16)

( 1 p.m. Update)   Due to weather conditions, City crews were unable to initiate mosquito control efforts Monday evening.  Crews will finish up neighborhood routes five and six tonight then move into route three.  Upon completion, crews will start back in routes one, two and four.

MONDAY (JULY 15)

(11:15 a.m. Update)  City crews completed work in neighborhood route seven.  Due to the heavy rains, crews were unable to participate in control efforts Sunday night.  Crews will finish up neighborhood routes five and six tonight then move into route three Tuesday night.  As the week progresses, crews will start back in routes one, two and four. 

Parks Department officials remind anyone with beehives in the City to take necessary actions to preserve their hives.   Fogging efforts are generally done between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., dependent on conditions (calm, no rain).    Mosquito Routes 2019

FRIDAY (JULY 12)

(3:45 p.m. Update)  City crews will be working the next three nights (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) in neighborhoods five, six and seven, depending on conditions (calm, no rain).  Fogging efforts are generally done between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. (see link at bottom of this release for neighborhood route map).

Parks Department officials are requesting anyone with beehives in the City to take necessary actions to preserve their hives.  Mosquito Routes 2019

THURSDAY (JULY 11)

(10:45 a.m. Update)  City crews finished up in neighborhoods four and most of two.  Crews will finish up in neighborhoods two and one tonight and will move into neighborhood routes five and six.  Fogging efforts are generally done between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. under good weather conditions (calm, no rain).  Parks Department officials are requesting anyone with beehives in the City to take necessary actions to preserve their hives.  Local beekeepers with concerns about spraying in particular beehive locations should contact the City Parks Division at 394-4175.

WEDNESDAY (JULY 10)

(2:15 p.m. Update) City Urban Forester Andy Bernard advises winds were too strong for crews to spray last evening. Crews will use the same location plan for spraying tonight: finishing up in neighborhoods 2 and 4, then move into neighborhoods 1 and 5 and begin working the greenway area from Executive Golf Course to Meadowbrook Golf Course. Fogging efforts are generally done between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. under good weather conditions (calm, no rain).

TUESDAY (JULY 9)

(3:30 p.m. Update)  Tonight, City crews will finish up in neighborhoods 2 and 4, then move into neighborhoods 1 and 5. Wednesday night, crews will also be working the greenway area from Executive Golf Course to Meadowbrook Golf Course.

As a reminder, fogging efforts are generally done between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. under good weather conditions (calm, no rain).

MONDAY (JULY 8)

(12:15 p.m. Update)  Due to weather and the holiday, City crews were able to spray only a few hours last week.  This week, crews will resume efforts in the same neighborhoods 1, 2 and 4 until completed.  The boundaries are defined approximately as I-190/Mount Rushmore Road to Cambell Street and Catron Boulevard to the Country Road area.            

            Parks Department officials are requesting anyone with beehives in the City to take necessary actions to preserve their hives.  Local beekeepers with concerns about spraying in particular beehive locations should contact the City Parks Division at 394-4175.

            Crews generally conduct fogging operations in the late evening to early morning hours, typically from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Parks Division Manager Scott Anderson says conditions must be nearly perfect with no precipitation or wind for fogging operations to be effective.

WEDNESDAY (JULY 3)

(11 a.m. Update:)  Spraying operations did not take place last night due to the weather and are suspended tonight due to the weather forecast and Thursday due to the Independence Day holiday.  Weather permitting, crews will resume spraying operations Friday and Saturday, continuing in Neighborhoods 1, 2 and 4 until completed.  See June 26 release below regarding additional general information about the spraying operations. Also, click on site below for the route map.

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Fogging operations begin Monday (July 1);

Beehive operators asked to preserve hives

RAPID CITY (JUNE 26)--City crews will initiate mosquito fogging operations Monday (July 1) as long as Mother Nature cooperates.

            For the past few weeks, crews from the City's Parks Division and Stormwater Drainage Division have been placing larvicide briquettes in standing water areas as a proactive measure to control mosquito larvae.  The abundant supply of water sources coupled with warmer temperatures are resulting in the area's first mosquito hatches being reported.

            "Monday will be our first day of fogging operations," said City Parks Division Manager Scott Anderson.  "Spraying is always dependent on the right weather conditions but we want to get out and help curtail the mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus."

            A color-coded map divides the City into seven neighborhood sections that will assist crews in their spraying efforts (see mosquito routes link below).  The public will be kept advised of ongoing efforts by crews through traditional media and social media post updates.

            The first week of operations, July 1-6, will have crews working in neighborhoods one, two and four.   The boundaries are defined approximately as I-190/Mount Rushmore Road to Cambell Street and Catron Boulevard to the Country Road area.  Crews will also be focusing attention in areas of high public access next week, such as the Executive Golf Course, Meadowbrook Golf Course and the greenway tracts connecting the two courses.

            Parks Department officials are requesting anyone with beehives in the City to take necessary actions to preserve their hives.  Local beekeepers with concerns about spraying in particular beehive locations should contact the City Parks Division at 394-4175.

            Crews generally conduct fogging operations in the late evening to early morning hours, typically from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Anderson says conditions must be nearly perfect with no precipitation or wind for fogging operations to be effective.

            Anderson says residents and visitors to the area can take important steps to limit exposure to mosquitoes.

            "It's important for the public to take necessary precautions including the use of mosquito repellant and wearing proper clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants," advised Anderson.  "Mosquito repellants containing DEET are recommended.  It's also important for residents to get rid of any standing water areas around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and larvae can grow.

            For more information or to report problems, contact the City Parks Division at 394-4175.

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