Hatch pushes vector control into full tilt

DaveBunker, of Branch Enterprises, conducts fogging operations for the Malheur County Vector Control District in June of 2017. Here Bunker is at Northwest Fourth Avenue, the dividing line between what he designates as North Ontario and South Ontario. Both areas are slated to be sprayed this week.

ONTARIO — The Culex mosquito, which carries the West Nile virus, is said to be in heavy production. As such, the Malheur County Vector Control District is ramping up ground fogging in several areas.

Ontario will be an area of focus this week, with the north end scheduled for Tuesday and the southern end of town slated for Wednesday.

Residents are advised to close their windows and doors from the hours of 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. In addition, they should cover or change livestock/pet water and wash garden fruits and veggies post-treatment.

In the case of a decline in mosquito populations when traps are counted, fogging operations will be suspended. Inclement weather and other uncontrollable factors can also cause operations to be put on hold.

For information, contact Gary Page at (541) 473-5102 or (541) 473-2307 or gary.page@malheurco.org.

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