Warm temperatures, a gentle evening breeze, and backyard cookouts should be an early summer night’s delight but sadly it is all too often accompanied by the tell-tale buzz of those small, midge-like flies that constitute the family Culicidae.
We may not know their fancy name but most of us know first hand that the females of this species are ectoparasites, who all too generously use their proboscis to pierce our skin in their quest for the holy grail of red blood cells.
Yes, that’s science-speak for the mosquitoes have returned for another season of harassment and potential health risk.
That means the the Kent Health Department is warming up the mosquito spraying truck to keep the proliferation to a minimum.
Spraying has 8 letters but it’s a bit of a 4-letter word because of concerns for spreading chemicals in neighborhoods.
The Health Commissioner completely understands that concern which is why they use as environmentally-friendly, human-friendly, and animal-friendly sprays as possible and available on the market — and when they use it they use it judiciously and with plenty of advance notice.
Like most things in life, it’s about balance. There will always be some risk to spraying but likewise there is well known health risks from mosquitoes and usually by mid-summer the risks from mosquito bites warrants some community intervention.
Wikipedia sums up the mosquito health risk pretty well:
“Though the loss of blood is seldom of any importance to the victim, the saliva of the mosquito often causes an irritating rash that can be a serious nuisance. Much more serious though, are the roles of many species of mosquitoes as vectors of diseases. In passing from host to host, some transmit extremely harmful infections such as malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus and other arboviruses, rendering it the deadliest animal family in the world.”
The deadliest animal family in the world has the local health department’s attention and here’s the official notice from their office for what they plan to do about it:
This is a message from the Kent City Health Department. We will be spraying for mosquitos the week of June 25th according to the following schedule:
All sections north of Main Street will be sprayed Tuesday June 26th.
All sections south of Main Street will be sprayed Wednesday June 27th.
If there is rain either of these days, spraying will be done Thursday June 28th.
We will begin spraying at dusk at approximately 8:00 p.m. If you hear a mosquito truck in your area please go indoors.
For additional information please go to our website at, www.kentpublichealth.org
If you need to speak to someone regarding Mosquito Spraying, please contact Justin Smith at 330-678-8109 extension 5208 during normal business hours.