Mosquitoes, spray trucks are out in full force
By Vicki Viall
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
Summer and mosquitoes goes hand in hand, and the sound of the mosquito truck spraying its way through the town is a sure sign they are both here.
The Dawson County Weed Department is tasked with ensuring that all of Glendive and Highland Park and Forest Park are sprayed twice a week during summer months, according to Weed Foreman for Dawson County Heath Craig.
The days for spraying are determined by the weather. Rain, high winds and heat are the reasons the trucks may not be in operation.
If the heat is above 75 degrees, the trucks will not run, Craig said.
The Weed Department has two trucks equipped with sprayers. Each truck is tasked with spraying half the town. Craig has been with the Weed Department for seven years and the county was spraying for mosquitoes when he started work.
Mosquito bites are not just an itchy hindrance, mosquitoes also carry diseases like West Nile Virus.
“The easiest and best way to avoid West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquito bites,” Timber Dempewolf, director of the Dawson County Public Health Department, said.
She recommends using repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramenthane-diol when outdoors. Always follow the directions on the package, she said.
The incubation period for West Nile Virus is 2-14 days. While most infected with West Nile will not experience any symptoms, some may suffer from flu-like symptoms. Rare cases may suffer severe neurological illnesses such as meningitis or encephalitis.
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