See or hear helicopters? Here’s why

Helicopter over South Palm Springs

If it’s summer, it’s mosquito season. That means helicopters buzzing Palm Springs neighborhoods at dusk.

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (not the police department) is operating helicopters in the city, spraying a low-level of pesticide to combat mosquitos due to an elevated activity of West Nile virus in the Coachella Valley. While the pesticide (VectoBac WDG) is not harmful to humans and pets, it’s still advised to avoid going outside on spray days between the hours of 2 AM and 7 AM within the boundaries of Ramon Road, Gene Autry Trail, Sierra Way, and the base of the mountain. The last spraying is scheduled for Aug. 6 and 7.

Elsewhere in the Valley the district is using truck-mounted sprayers and ground crews to combat the insects. No human West Nile virus infections have been reported this year in the county, but the virus has been found in some trapped mosquitos. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes.

There are preventative measure you can take to help control the mosquito population, including draining all standing water on your property (pools usually have chemicals that mosquitos don’t like).

The city has more information about West Nile here.

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