West Nile prevention comes with cost

Preventing the spread of the West Nile virus has come at a cost during this intense mosquito season.

Graphic: MCT.

According to Grand Forks Mosquito Control Supervisor Todd Hanson, in 2013, mosquito control has already spent approximately $900,000, which is $87,000 more than last year’s total of $813,000.

“We have also had to take $50,000 out of a carryover fund,” Hanson said. “And I estimate we will have to take out another $20,000 before the season is over.”

Ground sprays, aerial sprays and general prevention procedures, such as larviciding, all contribute to the increased cost of mosquito prevention in 2013.

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