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Shelby County Health Department combats large mosquito population

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SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) -

If you've been outside after sunset or early in the morning, you know that the mosquitoes mean business this year.

Not only are their bites annoying, mosquitoes in several Shelby County zip codes tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The Shelby County Health Department found mosquitoes carrying the virus in:

  • 38017
  • 38018
  • 38106
  • 38107
  • 38108
  • 38109
  • 38111
  • 38114
  • 38116
  • 38117
  • 38122
  • 38127
  • 38128
  • 38134
  • 38135

The health department also said that they have been adding EPA-approved larvicides to standing bodies of water to decrease the mosquito population.

In addition, health department vehicles will spray EPA-approved insecticides, weather permitting, around Shelby County according to the following schedule:

Monday, July 27th  

8:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38053, 38103, 38107, 38127

Tuesday, July 28th  

8:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38128, 38134, 38135

Wednesday, July 29th     

8:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38016, 38018, 38133, 38134, 38135

Thursday, July 30th

8:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

ZIP Codes: 38106, 38111, 38114, 38116, 38117, 38118, 38132

Residents can view the exact boundaries of each spray here.

If you do not want your home sprayed for mosquitoes, please call (901)222-9715.  People with asthma or other lung conditions may want to stay inside while the health department sprays the area.

The health department is asking all residents to chip in and help by eliminating all standing water or keeping standing water clean by replacing it frequently. They also recommend wearing insect repellent while outdoors.

For more on the West Nile Virus, click here.

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