LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WHAS11)-- Recent reports of positive tests for West Nile Virus are leading New Albany officials to implement a mosquito abatement program beginning on September 9.
Mayor Jeff Gahan said that beginning at dusk and continuing to midnight a chemical substance in the form of a fog will be dispersed from the back of a pick-up truck. The chemical, Duet, was approved by the EPA in 1995 for use in outdoor, residential and recreational areas to help control mosquito populations.
The southern border of the abatement program will be the Ohio River, the western border will be Interstate 64, the northern border will be I-265 and the eastern border will be Silver Creek. The City of New Albany will also be teaming with the Floyd County Health Department to focus on specific areas in the county, according to a press release.
Beekeepers are advised to cover the hives during the fogging, according to the release.
Mayor Gahan said he is pleased that the city has the chance to combat the threat of West Nile.
“Most other communities don’t have this type of resource or equipment available to protect their citizens,” he said.