Rapid City crews already hard at work against mosquitos

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN TV) - The City's Parks Division and Stormwater Drainage Division are already at work with a proactive plan for mosquito control. Residents can generally begin seeing mosquitoes around Memorial Day or with the season's first quick warm spell after a substantial rain event.

Parks Division Manager Scott Anderson indicates crews are already placing larvicide briquettes, which last 120 days, in standing water areas to control mosquito larvae.

"After June 1 or when actual mosquitoes are present, we will be planning out our fogging routes along with spreading the 15-day granules in temporary water areas," said Anderson. "It can be a short period of time between snow or rain events and a hot period that will bring out the mosquitoes. Our crews are already working and we have plans in place."

Anderson said the City's Stormwater Drainage Division will also be treating drainage areas and storm sewer inlets with briquettes. In addition, crews will utilize fogging on a complaint basis and in areas where larger events will be taking place during the late spring and summer.

Anderson says residents and visitors can also do their part by taking necessary precautions, including the use of mosquito repellant and wearing proper clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Mosquito repellants containing DEET are recommended. Residents are also reminded to get rid of standing water areas around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and larvae can grow.

The City has also applied for the Mosquito Control and West Nile Prevention Grant. Grant awards are issued around July 1. Anderson said the City has applied for $20,000 to be used for additional chemicals, updating one of the fogging machines, and making all of the foggers GPS-enabled to track routes.