Mosquito spraying to begin tonight

If you were outside for even a few minutes last night in Mitchell, you were probably assaulted by swarms of mosquitoes.

I was considering calling city officials this afternoon to inquire about their mosquito-control program when Randy Ahrendt, the city’s director of parks, recreation and forestry, beat me to the punch. He called to advise us that the city’s foggers will be out for the first time this evening, weather permitting. He had hoped to get them out earlier, but our wet weather conditions precluded it.

I’ll have a story in tomorrow’s paper about the city’s plans for mosquito control. To make a long story short, Ahrendt plans to keep up the city’s aggressive efforts of the last few years even though the state is cutting back on grants for mosquito-control programs. There’s $37,207 in the city budget this year for anti-mosquito efforts, and prior to this evening’s planned spraying the city had been placing anti-mosquito larvicide in standing water around town. The city has also sprayed at some locations prior to scheduled, public events.

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