In an effort to combat a significant mosquito breeding issue created by the moisture during the last several weeks, the city of McPherson will sprayed for mosquitoes starting at 10 tonight.
The expected break in the weather and wind during the next several days provides a good opportunity begin the spraying process.
The city will assess the need for additional spray events in the near future.
Mosquitoes have about a seven-day life cycle, so spraying should not be needed for at least a week.
Nick Gregory, city administrator, said spraying Monday was dissipated by wind and was less effective than hoped.
Wind conditions are expected to be more favorable tonight.
Residents, especially those with asthma or respiratory sensitivity, should remain indoors during spraying.
Residents should, close windows, doors and vents and turn off fans and window-unit air conditioners (or set to recirculate) to reduce indoor exposure, remove children’s toys and outdoor furniture from outside and/or wash them before using again, wash all produce, and wash skin and hair if exposed to the pesticide.
The city has been and also will use Mosquito Dunks, larvicide tablets that can be dropped in standing water areas throughout public drainage areas across the city.
Paul Katzer, superintendent of parks, also recommended residents dump any standing water in their yards, including bird baths, to eliminate breeding grounds for the pests.
“We appreciate the cooperation of citizens as we try to address any issues related to mosquitoes,” the city said in a news release.