Councilwoman Barb Mittman said she was on the hot seat over the holiday weekend, as she was out and about in the community at graduation parties and such, everyone was asking her when the city will spray for bugs.
First off, said Tim Hansen, parks and recreation director who makes the call on spraying, people need to differentiate between bugs and mosquitoes. The city sprays for mosquitoes. “Our spray won’t do anything for other bugs,” he said.
Hansen said parks and recreation follows recommendations on spraying off a website that is controlled by Iowa State University. Until mosquito levels hit the amounts in the county where spraying is warranted, the city doesn’t spray.
Nevada owns two sprayer units now, and Hansen said both are calibrated and ready for use this season. “We’re keeping an eye on it (the website and the numbers),” he said.
Hansen said mosquitoes might be worse in some areas of town than in others. “We can’t solve everybody’s back yard problem … if you’ve got standing water (or other things that would draw mosquitoes) … try to eliminate these issues yourself when you can.” Hansen noted that there are businesses out there that will also treat individual yards for people.
What parks and rec does, he said, is “community-needs-based.” Parks and recreation also makes an effort to spray good before big events like the Fourth of July and Lincoln Highway Days.
“Looking at the high temperatures and the moisture we’re getting, mosquitoes are probably going to come soon,” Councilman Jim Walker noted. Hansen agreed. He said he and his staff will be keeping an eye on it.