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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Fogging begins tonight and spray should be avoided

The city of Windom is working to provide some pest control for those annoying mosquitos, and the June effort begins tonight, weather depending.

Street Department Superintendent Jon Ketzenberg said there are trade offs to fight these insects, and he wants residents to be aware the chemical sprayed is expensive and toxic. He recommends people and pets be indoors when the fogging is done as much as possible. Ketzenberg certainly advises children and people on bicycles to stay away from the trucks and spray.

The city gets from 2 to 3 foggings from each 55-gallon drum of Biomist, and the cost of each drum is $5,101, just for the product, says Ketzenberg.

According to the city, mosquito fogging will be performed every Monday and Thursday in Windom for the month of June. A fog will be sprayed, with the exception of days where the wind is in excess of 15 miles per hour, there is rain or heavy mist, or air temperatures fall below 50 degrees.

Biomist is extremely toxic to aquatic organisms, including fish and invertebrates. This product is also highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment on blooming crops or weeds. For best results, the product is sprayed as close to the ground as possible.

Please see the May 31 edition of the Citizen and future editions for more information on this story.

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