By action of the Shelby County Commission, all County residents (include municipal residents) recently started paying .75 per household per month for “vector control”. The .75 is charged on the MLGW monthly bill.
The City of Lakeland has had it’s own mosquito spraying/control program for several years and apparently have been somewhat successful, since we have not tested positive for any viruses (such as West Nile), according to the Shelby County Health Department.
The Vector Control program is much more than mosquitoes. The Shelby County web site (www.shelbycountytn.gov) defines “vectors” as “small animals or Arthropods, which spread disease causing organisms (that) cause discomfort to the human population and domestic animals”.
Specific examples are mosquitoes, rats, flies, fleas, ticks and spiders and certain stinging insects.
The Shelby County Vector Control program will include both information and actions such as continually monitoring and spraying etc. An intensive program is being planned.
We checked with the Shelby County Health Department on mosquito spraying for Lakeland, and no spraying is scheduled until next year. Mosquito spraying will slow down and stop as the weather cools and will start again next spring. Other programs are currently being planned, with emphasis on mosquito control, and especially preventing rabies in dogs and cats.