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Mosquito spraying in Urbandale neighborhoods will begin in early June, and continue until autumn, or when mosquito population thresholds are no longer exceeded. City staff will be treating area neighborhoods with EPA-approved mosquito control product between the hours of 9:30 PM to 3 AM.
Spraying will be done with City of Urbandale trucks, weather permitting, with no rain or winds over 10 miles per hour. All City trucks are white, with a blue diamond Urbandale logo, and will have an amber warning light blinking to alert residents that City staff are in the area.
While spraying reduces the mosquito population, it is still recommended that residents use mosquito repellent when outside early in the morning and late in the evening. Residents can do their part in the battle against mosquitoes by eliminating sources of standing water such as disposing of old tires, any type of containers that collect and hold water, and maintaining gutters. Pet dish and bird bath water should be changed every two days.
City staff follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended label rates of application and procedure for this product.
Residents that would like to opt-out of mosquito spraying near their home should e-mail their name and address to Kevin James, Assistant Director of Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents with any questions concerning this program should contact the Urbandale Parks and Recreation Department at 515-331-6799.