Logan City only spraying for mosquitoes when it needs to

Logan City’s Environmental Department has begun spraying to control mosquito populations within the city.

“We’ve done some spraying down at the (Logan River) golf course,” said City Forester Joe Archer. “There is a lot of water down there, and we did some around the fairgrounds because we’d had a few complaints.

“As far as a schedule goes, we try real hard to only spray when we need to spray. If nothing else it is expensive for the citizens of Logan. Some in Logan have concerns how the spraying may affect their health. When requested we will avoid spraying in front of certain homes. But we just don’t want to spray unless we need to.”

Archer said one of his department’s employees conducts a larvicide program.

“He checks standing water around the city for mosquito larvae and when some is found we try to kill them before they fly. In about a week’s time it can go from an egg to an adult.”

He said the most important step residents can take is to remove standing water in yards and neighborhoods, found often in bird baths, pet dishes, old tires, rain gutters, ditches and unused swimming pools.

Archer said so far the random checks of standing water within the city limits indicate there may be fewer mosquitoes this year than in recent years.

“When spraying is necessary we do it between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., obviously a period when there is limited outdoor activity in Logan. It is also a time when bees are in their hives so the spraying doesn’t affect them.”

Archer requests those concerned that the spraying may affect their health call him (716-9749) to discuss accommodations that may be made.

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