Rapid City initiates mosquito control measures
RAPID CITY, SD– With the heavy spring precipitation, City officials are anticipating a busy season for mosquitoes. This week, the City’s Parks Division and Storm Water Drainage Division are initiating mosquito control actions.
Crews will be placing larvicide briquettes, which last 120 days, in standing water areas to control mosquito larvae. Currently there are a lot of areas of standing water in Rapid City.
“There’s no other way to put it, mosquitoes will be terrible this year,” said City Parks Manager Scott Anderson. “We know it will be a busy summer and it will be important for homeowners to assist in control efforts.”
City crews will be focusing their efforts on city greenways and park areas with the larvae briquettes. Once mosquitoes begin to hatch, crews will initiate fogging operations. As with last summer, the city will communicate areas scheduled for fogging operations to the media and through Rapid City’s social media platform.
“When it comes time for the fogging operations, we’ll be going through neighborhoods but we can’t get to back yards and alley ways. The best action residents can take is to get rid of standing water areas around their homes. Standing water areas are where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and larvae can grow.” continued Anderson, “Residents should also consider applying control measures with spraying insect repellents containing DEET around their homes and yards.”
Anderson said the city’s Stormwater Drainage Division will be treating drainage areas and storm sewer inlets with briquettes. In addition, crews will utilize fogging on a complaint basis and in areas where larger events will be taking place during the late spring and summer.
Rapid City has also applied for the Mosquito Control and West Nile Prevention Grant. Grant awards are issued around July 1. Anderson said the City has applied for $20,000 to be used for additional chemicals, updating machines and equipment.