Wilson County community sprays for mosquitoes - WKRN News 2

Wilson County community sprays for mosquitoes

Posted: Updated: Aug 28, 2012 08:42 PM
LEBANON, Tenn. -

A Wilson County community sprayed streets and an area park for mosquitoes in an effort to ward off the West Nile virus on Tuesday evening.

The city of Lebanon has a program which uses foggers, or spray, to kill the insects which commonly carry the virus.

The hot, humid temperatures and recent rains Middle Tennessee has been experiencing are a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"Our town is kind of in a bowl area, so we have a lot of wet areas and streams, that's why we have the 'hot spots' [for mosquitoes] and that's what we are trying to take care of," Mayor Phillip Craighead.

On Tuesday, Public Works trucks sprayed known problem areas including 43 streets, several ball fields, and Don Fox Community Park on West Baddour Parkway.  The spray is an EPA approved insecticide.

"People don't want their kids to go out and be exposed to that risk [of West Nile], and I don't blame them," Craighead said.

According to local officials, the mist is used along the right-of-way and kills adult flying mosquitoes within a 300 yard radius.  Workers will not spray if people are seen outdoors within 100 feet of city vehicles.

The controversial method used in Wilson County was previously used in Davidson County several years ago.

Metro currently waits until a mosquito tests positive for the West Nile virus before spraying.

There have been seven confirmed cases of West Nile in Tennessee.

No cases have been reported in Middle Tennessee or in Wilson County.

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