Second aerial spraying cleared


— Hayden town officials have not decided whether to pay for another controversial aerial mosquito spraying, but the town has been given permission by the Routt County commissioners to do so.
Town trustees met with county commissioners to discuss a possible second aerial spraying this summer, as well as mosquito-control alternatives that could be used instead next summer.
Hayden Town Board members are going to gauge the need for another spraying based on community input. Trustees decided at a Town Board meeting earlier this month that, should another hatch of mosquitoes pose a problem for the town, the trustees would endorse one more aerial spraying over continued fogging.
Mike Zopf, director of the Routt County Department of Environmental Health, said that the mosquito's life cycle is short, and that Hayden could probably expect another hatch to begin causing problems within a couple of weeks after the first aerial spraying.
It has been about four weeks since that first spraying.
If the mosquitoes get bad again, rather than hitting the new hatches with three foggings a week, trustees feel an additional aerial spraying would be more effective. The town's goal is to eliminate the mosquitoes by using the smallest possible amount of Malathion the controversial pesticide that is used both in fogging and aerial spraying.
Town Manager Rob Straebel said some residents do feel another spraying is in order.
"It made a big difference when they first sprayed," said resident Michelle Pike. "But the mosquitoes are starting to come back."


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