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Mysterious Low-Flying Plane, More Like Deadly Disease Preventer

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A mysterious plane flying unusually low in our region made some of our viewers nervous. It is actually getting close to the rivers to protect us from deadly diseases. A mysterious plane flying unusually low in our region made some of our viewers nervous. It is actually getting close to the rivers to protect us from deadly diseases.
NBCRightNow.com – A mysterious plane flying unusually low in our region made some of our viewers nervous. It is actually getting close to the rivers to protect us from deadly diseases.

"Here in Benton County and Yakima County we are the epicenter for West Nile Virus activity for the state," explained Angela Beehler, the District Manager at the Benton County Mosquito Control District.

West Nile is a disease that we have seen in recent years claim lives. It is mostly transferred from those pesky flying bugs that we see this time of year…mosquitoes.

"We're treating the mosquitoes while they're still in the water before they are flying around and biting you in your backyard barbecue."

The river is rising and as the water rises the mosquito larvae embedded in the river banks are hatching out. There is only a matter of days to spray and control the populations so enlisting some help from above could save us later.

"Low flying aircraft, we can treat a large area in a short amount of time and so we just have a short window before these mosquitoes are going to be flying around and so we want to treat those on the same day if we can."

These are still considered preventative measures. Mosquitoes are out, but not in high numbers like they could be soon if not controlled. Because our region’s hot and dry weather is friendlier to the bugs, our control district has to be less kind to the mosquitoes.

"We've seen West Nile cases pop-up the end of May through September, so you always want to take precautions."

There are ways that you can take preventative measures. When you know trucks will be spraying in your neighborhood, make sure to close your windows, cover Koi ponds and wash your vegetables out in the garden before you eat them. The most basic tip is just to keep yourself covered with sleeves or plenty of bug spray when you know the mosquitoes will be out. They tend to be most active at dusk. 
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