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City of Commerce to spray for mosquitoes

By Scott Harvey

Commerce – The City of Commerce is again attempting to manage mosquito populations by administering treatments using a truck-mounted fogger.

All products to be sprayed are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are applied by a trained and state-certified technician.

The spraying is more effective if it takes place during peak mosquito biting hours. Spraying will begin at 7:00 p.m., weather permitting, and will continue in each area until it is completed. In the event of rain, the spraying will commence on the next clear day. Spraying will continue every two weeks in the same order throughout the summer months.

While the chemicals are of low toxicity to people and pets, the Public Works Department advises against direct contact with the pesticides. Residents are asked to stay indoors when the truck is in your area, otherwise the chemicals will not be distributed.

The scheduled is as follows:

Resident in section A - the region borders the north side of Live Oak Street and the west side of Park Street - can expect the truck to be in their area on Monday, June 14. Section A will also be sprayed on June 23 (Spraying did not take place in this section on May 31 because of Memorial Day).

Those living in section B - the region borders the south side of Live Oak Street, north side of Culver St. and west side of Park St. - can expect the truck to be in their area on Tuesday, June 1. Section B will also be sprayed on June 15 and June 17.

Section C - the region bordering the south side of Culver St., the east side of Park St. and the south side of Maple St. (Highway 11) - will be sprayed on Thursday, June 3. Section C will also be sprayed on June 17 and July 1.

For section D - the region bordering the north side of Maple (Highway 11) and the east side of Park St. - the truck will be spraying your area on Wednesday, June 2. Section D will also be sprayed on June 16 and June 30.

Residents are also advised to bring pet bowls inside during spraying, as well as cover fishponds, as the chemical product is extremely toxic to fish.

More information is available at www.commerce-tx.com or by calling the Public Works Department at 903-886-1152.