Health department sprays 7 areas of Knox County for mosquitoes

Health department sprays 7 areas of Knox County for mosquitoes


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The health department will spray seven areas of Knox County for mosquitoes Thursday night.

The spraying is scheduled from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, if the temperature is above 55 degrees.

One new surveillance site, in the Broadway area, has lab confirmation of the presence of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes.

The other six sites are repeat sprayings.

Health officials say there are 21 species of mosquitoes present in Knox County. The Culex species of mosquito is the main carrier of West Nile Virus. It hides in shady areas during the day, but comes out at dawn and dusk for a blood meal in order to reproduce.

The striped Asian Tiger mosquito that is so aggressive is not known to carry West Nile.

Signs will be posted in the affected areas. Residents are asked to stay inside during spraying and to keep pets inside or in the back yard.

A follow-up notice will be sent for repeat spraying in the Broadway area.

New area in Broadway:

North of Grainger Ave. to Rider Ave. and streets adjoining to Broadway between Rider Ave. and Grainger Ave.

Repeat spray areas:

East Knox County around Milligan Street

All areas east of North Cherry Street; north of Magnolia Avenue; west of North Beaman Street and South of I-40. Also included are Lakeside and Kirkwood Streets and American Avenue

Island Home

Spence Place, Estelle Circle, Island Home Boulevard, Maplewood Drive, Hillsboro Heights, Fisher Place, Watson Place and Willis Place


Volena Place, Mayfield Avenue, Ogle Avenue, Martin Mill Pike from Maryville Pike to McNabb Avenue, Higgins Avenue, Keebler Avenue to Tomlinson Street, Tomlinson Street, W. Moody Avenue, Chappell Road, Flennwood Way, Barrar Avenue including Mary Vestal Park

Fourth Avenue area

Cooper Street north of W 5th Avenue, W 5th Avenue from Cooper Street to Boyd Street, W 4th Avenue, Elm Street, Marion Street, Dameron Avenue, Hatton Avenue, Burgess Avenue, Baxter Avenue from Body Street to Wray Street, Lee Street and Bernard Avenue

Gulf Park Community

Dutchtown Road west-starting at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) to Blessed Way including Manis Lane, Dutchtown Harbor, Dutchtown Villas and CAK; includes Embarcadaro Drive, Cortez Drive, Tallahassee Drive, Ethan's Glen subdivision and Sanders Road north from Dutchtown Road to Venice Road; Venice Road from Sanders road-east including Tampa Road and Suwannee Road; Gulf Park Drive, Pensacola Road, Sarasota Drive, Galveston Road, Mobile Drive; Briarwood Blvd. west of Chateaugay Road including Briarwood Drive and Laurel Hill Road

Heron's Point/Choto area

Amber Woods, Bayview West, Choto Farms, Heron's Point, Livery, Mallard Bay, Tanglewood, Walnut Grove, and the Woods at Montgomery Cove. Subdivisions NOT included are: Bailey Park, Choto Fields, Greystone Court, and Montgomery Cove

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