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Keene to spray fields for mosquitoes

KEENE — An increased risk of mosquito-borne illnesses in the area has prompted the city’s pest control services to recommend a preventative barrier application of insecticide around city athletic fields.

The spraying could be conducted today, depending on weather conditions.

If the city experiences heavy winds, the spraying would be postponed said, John Rogers, city code enforcement and inspections manager.

The city has been working with Municipal Pest Management Services, Inc. for several years, he said. The company monitors and tests the mosquito pollution and sometimes treats breeding areas found in catch basins.

“Keene has been doing this for years so we’re a little ahead of the curve, because we know where a lot of the mosquito populations are,” Rogers said.

Recently a Chesterfield man was the first human case of West Nile Virus reported this season. The the event has raised the city’s risk level to “moderate.”

September is a very active month for mosquitos, Rogers said, and they will thrive until the first real frost of winter.

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