Spraying for mosquitoes has begun in west Umatilla County.

The West Umatilla Mosquito Control District reports large bodies of water will be sprayed using a helicopter while smaller areas will be treated by hand. The district will also use “ultra low volume foggers” mounted on trucks to spray for adult mosquitoes in problem areas during early evening hours just after sunset.

If you do not wish to have your property sprayed, call the district at 541-567-5201 and ask to be placed on a no-spray list.

The district — which covers about 525 square miles encompassing Hermiston, Umatilla, Stanfield and Echo — has 12 species of mosquitoes, including two that have been named possible carriers of West Nile virus.

Property owners can do their part to cut down on the mosquito population by eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed. They can keep gutters and ditches clear, remove junk from yards, change birdbath and pet water frequently, fill in holes, screen rain barrels, cover trash containers and stock ornamental ponds with mosquito-eating fish.

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