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City of Yakima not part of mosquito control boundaries

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Yakima, WASH.--The staff at Yakima Area Arboretum said they're very proactive about minimizing the pest population. However, they're outside the boundaries of Yakima County Mosquito Control so they've had to get a bit creative in their tactics.

"I wish I could just snap my fingers and have every property within Yakima County covered by a mosquito control district," said Stephen Ingalls, the Manager of Yakima County Mosquito Control. "Unfortunately, that's not the way it works."

The hot weather is keeping the mosquitoes around, and with cases of West Nile Virus popping up in Central Washington, everyone is looking for ways to protect themselves. But Yakima County Mosquito Control can only cover certain areas, and the city of Yakima is not one of them.

Colleen Adams-Schuppe, the Co-Executive Director of the Yakima Area Arboretum, said, "We have a concern. We don't want to see the Arboretum overrun with mosquitoes. It's not good for the people who visit. It's not good for our staff. We have a lot of people that are out on the grounds."

"It doesn't matter if you're in the middle of downtown, that could be a problem," said Gordon Kelley, one of the directors at the Yakima Health District. "As well as in the rural, suburban, urban areas.

"There are areas that I get phone calls from every year that are outside the boundaries of the districts still within Yakima County, and they want mosquito control," said Ingalls. "I feel helpless because I can't do anything for them because there outside the boundaries of the district."

The areas that are within the Mosquito Control District include Union Gap, Moxee, East and North Selah, Gleed and Terrace Heights.

Since the Yakima Area Arboretum is outside the boundaries, they have to take matters into their own hands.

Administrators said they spray the most populated areas and have put up swallows nests around the property.

The people that live within the Mosquito Control Districts are paying an extra property tax for these services.

A group in Sunnyside is currently trying to get this service put on the ballot next year, after they suffered from a large mosquito population this summer.