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GF-EGF plan mosquito spraying tonight

The cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have scheduled citywide spraying for mosquitoes between 8 p.m. and midnight. This morning's average mosquito trap count in Grand Forks is 6.

The cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have scheduled citywide spraying for mosquitoes between 8 p.m. and midnight. This morning's average mosquito trap count in Grand Forks is 6.

Grand Forks has noticed an increase in the population of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, the species identified as one of the most common carriers of West Nile virus. History has shown that August is the peak of West Nile virus season in North Dakota. People over 50 years old are most at risk.

Residents may want to go inside just before their area is sprayed and stay inside for 20-30 minutes until the aerosol cloud dissipates. Residents should not run, walk or bike directly through the aerosol cloud behind the insecticide sprayer. Also, anyone who is sensitive to chemicals may want to close their windows during the ground spraying. Residents are encouraged to wash all fresh fruits and vegetables before using them. Beekeepers are advised to cover their bees.

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