MOSQUITO TRAILER EDUCATES THE PUBLIC AT THE FAIR

MOSQUITO TRAILER EDUCATES THE PUBLIC AT THE FAIR

Do you have a biting question about a mosquito problem? Doña Ana County’s Vector Control Division is on hand at the Southern New Mexico State Fair with the answers.

Thanks to grant funding, an innovative mosquito-control program was developed to educate the public about mosquito control and safety. The curriculum speaks to all ages, according to Doña Ana County Vector Control Supervisor Kenneth Sholar.

“Many people who live in rural areas of the county, especially near standing water, likely have not had much luck keeping them under control,” Sholar said. “We can teach adults how to make a simple solution that is better than any commercial insecticide, and much more economical.”

Kids who stop by the mosquito educational trailer at the fair will get a free coloring book and can check out dozens of species of insects and various mosquito specimens, as well. Sholar says the program is also a good teaching tool for high-school students who are curious about insect taxonomy.

“These insects have been around since the dinosaurs, and they’re still here,” Sholar said. “If we learn to cohabitate in our environment, we can reduce the risk of disease and illness, and that’s vital information to have.”

Local teachers can also sign up for a class presentation from the mosquito educational trailer to their classrooms. To arrange a visit, call (575) 525-6181.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.