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Spraying for mosquitoes planned for Lexington neighborhood

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Posted at 7:01 AM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 07:01:17-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Officials with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department are warning people about an increased mosquito population and new efforts to curb it.

Health workers will be out spraying in the 40504 ZIP code between 4 and 6 a.m. Thursday.

It's the same area where officials sprayed in early August.

Health officials say traps are catching more mosquitoes than is usual for the time of year. However, so far none of the mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile virus.

"Whenever we've had West Nile-positive mosquitoes, a lot of times in years past it has been in September, kind of towards the end of what we consider our mosquito season," said Luke Mathis, environmental health supervisor.

Authorities said residents should remain vigilant, remove sources of standing water and use protective clothing and bug spray.