Columbia and Boone County Begin Mosquito Spraying

4 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, June 01 2014 Jun 1, 2014 Sunday, June 01, 2014 4:28:00 PM CDT June 01, 2014 in News
By: Amanda LaBrot, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services begins annual mosquito spraying preparations tomorrow.

The department will spray the MKT and Grindstone trails on Friday mornings from midnight until 6 am. Assistant director of the program Scott Clardy says the department sprays for mosquitoes to stop the spread of disease, primarily West Nile virus, and because mosquitoes are just a general nuisance. 

Columbia trail-goer Kendra Bishop says she understands the importance of mosquito spraying, but is concerned about how her dog, Tucker, might react to the chemcials.

"The intent is really good. Obviously that amount of chemicals is a little scary I think, and I bring my dog out a lot. So that's just a little bit worrisome," said Bishop. "I know it's not supposed to really hurt them, but, I mean, it's still...you're still a little concerned when they do stuff like that."

Clardy says the department only sprays inside parks when requested by the Parks and Recreation Department or before special events like summer festivals. He says neighborhood spraying is more rare.

"We only spray neighborhoods when we have a positive West Nile virus case in the area," said Clardy. "We've had no cases reported this year, so are not spraying any neighborhoods at this time."

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services says removing standing water from around homes, wearing insect repellent and repairing screens in windows and doors are the best ways to prevent mosquito bites. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - A home was damaged after an early morning fire Tuesday, but no injuries were reported. "We... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:01:00 AM CST January 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The government shutdown is causing those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Stamp program,... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:23:00 AM CST January 15, 2019 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 105 West Oliver Street on Monday evening.... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:04:00 AM CST January 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A small business owner is challenging the current Jefferson City mayor. Tiwan Lewis is a veteran... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 5:23:00 PM CST January 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia's Department of Public Works said it was still working non-stop Monday to clear roads after a weekend... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 4:17:00 PM CST January 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The power outages people experienced over the weekend demonstrates Columbia's "luck has run out" when it comes to... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 3:52:00 PM CST January 14, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St.... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 3:41:00 PM CST January 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A Columbia woman is splitting a $99,000 prize after purchasing a winning Missouri Lottery ticket at a... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 1:44:00 PM CST January 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Nicole Galloway began her second term as Missouri's 38th state auditor Monday afternoon. Taking the oath... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 1:20:00 PM CST January 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Rethinking the benefit of prisons, Missouri House leaders are backing legislation that could effectively undo... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 12:48:00 PM CST January 14, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The leader of the Missouri Republican party says the FBI should review a standoff between Kansas... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 12:40:00 PM CST January 14, 2019 in News
JOPLIN (AP) — Authorities are looking for a suspect in a southwest Missouri killing. The Joplin Globe reports that... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 11:54:00 AM CST January 14, 2019 in News
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri city where 17 people died in a tour boat accident last year plans... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 11:48:00 AM CST January 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri House officials are putting a tight leash on which state representatives and staff members can... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 10:48:00 AM CST January 14, 2019 in News
WARRENTON (AP) — A school district in eastern Missouri has voted to join a growing trend statewide and adopt... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 10:19:00 AM CST January 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department released the identity of the man who died in a Sunday shooting on... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 10:04:00 AM CST January 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Missouri Basketball lost its first SEC road game of the season Sunday against South Carolina, 85-75. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 13 2019 Jan 13, 2019 Sunday, January 13, 2019 11:42:28 PM CST January 13, 2019 in Sports
COLUMBIA - Many people spent the morning digging their cars out and helping others on Sunday after a huge snow... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 13 2019 Jan 13, 2019 Sunday, January 13, 2019 1:55:00 PM CST January 13, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 30°
12am 31°
1am 30°
2am 30°
3am 30°