Elkhart County Well being Division sprays towards mosquitoes


Image by @CityOfGoshen

Image by @CityOfGoshen

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. – The Elkhart County Health Department and Indiana State Department of Health have monitored eastern equine encephalitis activity within the county. To be proactive against a small number of cases in LaPorte, LaGrange, and Kosciusko counties, Elkhart County is planning targeted mosquito sprays.

In these countries there is one likely case of electrical and electronic equipment and three cases of horses, with four other cases of suspected horses.

Targeted mosquito control uses aerial spraying to protect residents of electrical and electronic equipment, although this rarely happens.

The EEE virus can cause serious illness and has a death rate of around 33% in humans.

An approved pesticide, dibromine, is used as an extremely low volume spray. This method suspends it as an aerosol that kills mosquitoes on contact but breaks down quickly in water and sunlight.

While this spray method kills most mosquitoes, Elkhart Counties should still take precautions.

The spraying takes place on Tuesday, September 22nd, at dusk, if necessary on Wednesday, September 23rd, as a backup date.

Residents are instructed to protect ornamental fish ponds and beehives, and organic farms registered on Field Watch will not be sprayed.

If an organic farm is not registered, they can contact Jeff Burbrink at Purdue University Extension in Goshen by Monday afternoon at 574-533-0554.

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