The City of Ashland is concerned about the health of people who live here. In past years, City Services has sprayed for mosquitoes throughout the city, going up and down many of the streets spraying insecticide. This approach was effective but cost-prohibitive and raised concern about the effects of the insecticide on the residents.
This year, the City is taking a new approach, balancing the need for mosquito control, along with the diseases they can carry, with the need to control costs and also keeping the use of insecticides to a minimum in the city. The plan is to apply an insecticide through fogging in Brookside, Brookside West, and Cahn Grove Parks utilizing the services of an area contractor. The parks will be fogged after dusk, beginning at approximately 9:30 pm, on Wednesday, July 12. The raindate for the application is Thursday, July 13. The fogging method is especially effective since the insecticide connects with the underside of leaves where adult mosquitoes generally land at night.
As the summer progresses, the Ashland City-County Health Department and the Mayor's office will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the fogging and to evaluate the need in other areas of the city. Mosquito traps will be used to track the types of mosquitoes and the diseases which they may be carrying. Mosquito dunks will be placed in areas of standing water to disrupt the life-cycle and reproduction of mosquitoes. To find out more about the insecticide used, please see the insecticide label below.