With the recent warm and wet weather patterns, the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District is urging those living between the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers to the North Fork area to take precautions against mosquito bites by wearing appropriate clothing and using insect repellent.
Delta District Court has imposed a $7,500 fine and two days in jail on a Hotchkiss man accused of fogging mosquitoes within 150 feet of neighboring property.
"We have been fighting to protect our health from renegade pesticide spraying for over two years," said Rosemary Bilchak, one of two co-defendants in the case.
September may have brought cooler weather, but mosquitoes can still be a problem, and the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District reminds residents to remain vigilant.
"It's still mosquito season," said NFMAD operations manager Chris Tschinkel. "We are still dealing with the adult population that, given the opportunity, will hide out" and breed.
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