Kentucky Planning an Aggresive Push Against Mosquitos, Amid Concerns Over Zika
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is expecting a busier-than-usual mosquito spraying season.
While state officials have reported only a handful of infections, fears of the Zika virus have the department ramping up operations.
Keith Rogers, chief of staff for Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, says the department has enough pesticides to last through the summer.
“We feel like we’ve purchased enough product, and have the resources, to certainly get us through late summer. If we do see an increase need in spring, or an increase in mosquito population, we will have the resources to purchase additional products.”
Rogers says despite budget cuts, the agriculture department will have enough funding for mosquito pesticides even if it has to make reductions in other areas.
The typical spraying season is June through August.