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Town of Geneva mosquito misting begins July 3



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July 01, 2014 | 01:10 PM
GENEVA — The delay is over.

The town will being mosquito misting Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m.

Highway Superintendent Randy Parker said usually, the misting would have already begun by now.

But there were a couple factors causing the delay.

“It would have probably begun about mid-June, but with the weather and stuff, (the mosquitoes) are just starting to get heavy now,” said Parker.

Also, until recently, the town didn’t have a mister.

At a special meeting June 23, the Geneva Town Board unanimously approved spending $12,027.08 on a Grizzly cold aerosol ultra-low volume generator from Clarke Mosquito Control, which has its headquarters in Roselle, Ill.

Attempts to reach board members for comment about the purchase and to discuss the town’s mosquito control were unsuccessful by press time.

Town clerk-treasurer Deb Kirch said the Lake Como Beach Property Owners Association will donate $2,000 toward the purchase. The town has been mosquito misting for the last four years, said Parker. In previous years, it borrowed the misting apparatus that’s used by Lake Geneva. However, due to liability concerns, the city and the town decided it was best to end that agreement.

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Parker said the town decided to purchase a mister because most residents are in favor of it. “I’d say 95 percent of them like it. … It takes care of the mosquitoes and the smaller bugs, like the gnats.”

But there are a few people who have asked the town not to mist near their properties.

“If I can get an address, I can shut the switch off on the machine when it goes by their place,” said Parker.

He already does that for a few people on Schofield Road, including someone who has sheep.

Anvil

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The town uses Anvil, an insecticide which, according to Wikipedia, is widely used to fight West Nile Virus.

In 2003, Anvil was applied to more than a million acres in Larimer County, Colo., during a West Nile outbreak. In 2006, it was used after Eastern Equine Encephalitis was found in large mosquito populations in Massachusetts, after then Gov. Mitt Romney declared a state of emergency.

The main active ingredient in Anvil is Sumithrin, which was registered for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1975. The active ingredients break down quickly in the sun and do not bioaccumulate.

According to Clarke, it “replicates the mosquito fighting properties of pyrethrum, an extract of the chrysanthemum flower.”

It’s also extremely toxic to bees and aquatic organisms.

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However, when asked if people needed to remain indoors during application of the Anvil mist, Parker said no. “This is an environment-friendly chemical.”

A public notice from the town in this week’s Regional News also states that no special precautions are needed.

The highway department will be misting every Thursday through August, from 7 p.m. until about 1 a.m.

Parker said they will mist in different areas of the town, alternating between the north and south.

On July 3, they will mist around the north side of Lake Como. On July 10, they will mist on the roads south of the lake. On July 17, they will mist again in the north.

People can contact Parker at (262) 248-2135 or town supervisor Merle Loomer at (262) 245-5230 for more information.

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