Generally, larvicide is conducted by introducing the pesticide pellets or briquettes into areas of stagnant or standing water. The pellet or briquette then dissolves creating a layer at the surface of the water that kills mosquito larvae as it emerges. The water-based larvicides are not toxic to fish and other wildlife.
The areas to be targeted will ideally be selected based on data showing areas of need (high mosquito trap rates, response to citizen complaints about mosquito nuisance, clusters of indigenous West Nile Virus confirmed human cases, areas particularly suited for breeding). The amount of areas treated will be largely affected by the cost of the travel to apply the larvicide and the amount of funds available to conduct the application.
WHO WILL BE APPLYING THE LARVICIDE
Bingham County's plans to apply the larvicide itself, not by using a private company. Application is being made based on product labels and manufacturer recommendations.
ABOUT THE CHEMICAL BEING USED
There are two different items being used: Altosid 30-Day Briquettes and Altosid Pellets. You can read information about Altosid Briquettes by clicking on this link. You can read information about Altosid Pellets by clicking this link. Additional information is available through the manufacturer's web site, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.
ABOUT LARVICIDE APPLICATION
Larvicide application is accomplished by placing pellets or briquettes in stagnant or standing water. It can be at any time of the day or night.
PROPOSED AREAS FOR LARVICIDE APPLICATION
Larvicide will be applied on county maintained areas as well as on state, federal, and private properties when appropriate and when permission has been obtained. There is no map or other general description of areas where larvicide will be applied. Because of the abundance of bodies of standing water and the unpredictability of when areas will have standing or stagnant water, applications will largely occur on an "as identified" basis.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS REGARDING PESTICIDES
Since no pesticide can be considered 100 percent safe, pesticide applicators and the general public should always exercise care and follow specified safety precautions during use to reduce risks.
Avoid exposure to areas where larvicide has been applied.
Take precautions to avoid pesticide residues that may be left in areas where larvicide has been applied. Take shoes off at the door. Wipe your pets' paws when they come into the house.
The duration of the above precautions will depend upon the nature of the chemical(s) used. Information about the chemical(s) and their persistence will be provided through this web site.