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SUCCESSFUL SPRAYING OF MOSQUITOES MAY LEAD TO ROUND TWO

Spraying the town for mosquitoes last week was so successful, albeit wet, that it may be done again.

Supervisor Timothy E. Demler said this week that the July 6 spraying was a success even though it killed about 30 percent fewer mosquitoes than a normal spraying because of rainy conditions.

Rain during the rest of the week may have washed away or diluted the Anvil, a water-soluble insecticide sprayed by airplane over the town.

"The spraying was successful but because of the constant rain, we may have to do it again," Demler said. "

"I received a lot of calls from residents who said they were pleased with the results, but they wanted it done again to do a better job," he added.

The spray is designed to kill adult mosquitoes or make them unable to reproduce. The chemical is safe for other insects, pets, wildlife and vegetation, officials said.

Residents were advised to stay inside during the spraying and to turn off their air-conditioners.

The operation cost the town about $13,000, or $4.50 an acre, Demler said.

Demler said there is enough money in the budget to conduct another spraying operation. He said he would discuss it when the Town Board meets Aug. 11.

Residents also can purchase trays of dry mosquito "dunks" from the town at $9 each. The dunks, which cost the town $15, are dropped into puddles and wetlands to kill mosquito larvae.

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