West Nile Safety Procedures
Boone County is trying to keep everyone safe from the West Nile Virus.
Ponds and creeks make for a picturesque backyard, but Boone County officials say they create a health problem. They can breed mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus.
The health department announced three new cases this week.
"This is our eighth case this year, which is double from last year," said Deidre Wood of the Boone County Health Department.
Joe Schroeder lives only 300 yards from County Branch Creek. It's in a large area of Columbia where the county has decided to spray insecticide to cut down the mosquito population.
"I know when they come, and I know when they go, and they come quite a bit," said Schroeder.
Of the eight people infected so far, all of them have been around stagnant water like this creek in the middle of the spray zone. The county spends $45,000 a year trying to prevent West Nile.
"We spray the residency of the person that was infected, and a half mile around it."
Schroeder spends a lot of time fighting off mosquitos.
"I probably put in 40 to 50 hours a week outside doing gardening," he said.
And after 41 years of living across from the creek, he's ready for the mosquitos to go.
"I think it's a good thing," Schroeder said. "We've had a lot of mosquitos this year and if that'll get rid of the mosquitos I'm all for it."
The county wants the only insects in this creek to be the harmless kind. The county will be spraying from 4 to 8 in the morning until Monday.