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Mosquito spraying tonight in GF and EGF

The cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have scheduled citywide spraying for mosquitoes between 8 p.m. and midnight. The average mosquito trap count in Grand Forks went from seven Monday to 70 this morning.

The cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have scheduled citywide spraying for mosquitoes between 8 p.m. and midnight. The average mosquito trap count in Grand Forks went from seven Monday to 70 this morning.

A horse was identified as having the West Nile virus in Grand Forks County last week. Health department officials are confident the virus is here and will be detected through the surveillance program.

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.

Winds higher than 10 mph or inclement weather will result in the spraying being suspended until conditions improve. Residents are encouraged to wash all fresh fruits and vegetables before using them. Beekeepers are advised to cover their bees.

For more information about trap counts and the Grand Forks Mosquito Control Program, call (701) 787-8144 or log on to www.gfmosquito.com

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