Seattle swats mosquito control from budget

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by JIM FORMAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

SEATTLE – One of the downsides of hot weather is that it makes mosquitoes want to breed. Because of West Nile Virus, they are more than a nuisance. They can be dangerous.

Now, KING 5 News has learned that Seattle will not be spraying storm drains and other mosquito breeding grounds due to the budget crunch.

Experts say the wet spring has created a lot of standing water - perfect conditions for a summer of swatting. But Seattle Public Utilities won't be doing its annual bug kill and the Seattle-King County Health Department has been forced to scale back West Nile Virus prevention efforts.

"Given the circumstances, it is a matter of setting some priorities," said Jim Henricksen, emergency preparedness supervisor for the health department.

So instead of trapping and identifying mosquitoes before they do damage, the experts will be relying on people reporting dead birds and then testing them for West Nile Virus.

"Given the constraint on resources, I think what we are doing this year really makes some sense," said Henricksen

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