The Asian tiger mosquito. Photo: University of California, Riverside

Vector control officials say they are planning to spray for mosquitos in three areas of the Coachella Valley Thursday and into the weekend.

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will conduct “ultra-low volume applications” of pesticide spray beginning Thursday in parts of Coachella and Palm Springs, where West Nile virus was detected earlier this month. Officials also are planning to start conducting spray applications in a rural area near Thermal beginning Friday.

“While control efforts have reduced adult and larval mosquitoes in those areas, the adult mosquito population continues to be above average,” according to an agency statement.

There have been no reported human cases of West Nile virus in the Coachella Valley.

The treatments near Thermal are set to be conducted by helicopter Friday through Sunday between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. in an area bounded by Avenue 68, Johnson Street, Avenue 74 and state Route 86, according to the Vector Control District.

Officials plan to conduct the treatments in Coachella and Palm Springs by truck between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

In Coachella, the application area is bordered by Avenue 52, Tyler Street, Avenue 54 and Calle Empalme.

The Palm Springs application area is within Sunny Dunes Road, Vella Road, just south of Mesquite Avenue, and El Placer Road.

The Vector Control District asked the public to call 760-342-8287 to report mosquito problems, request mosquitofish, which eat mosquito larvae, or to report standing water where mosquitoes breed. Officials also requested dead birds be reported to the California Department of Public Health at 877-968-2473.

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