Portage officials decide against citywide mosquito spraying


PORTAGE, Wis. - Portage residents will have to find other ways to deal with mosquitoes after city officials decided last week not to go forward with a citywide spraying program.

Public Works director Aaron Jahncke told News 3 that the Municipal Services Committee decided at its meeting Thursday to not go forward with the program.

Jahncke said it was a combination of cost, the effectiveness of the spraying and then taking into account having to spray a pesticide citywide that made the committee decide not to go forward.

Committee member Mark Hahn previously told News 3 if the city can’t find a solution for the mosquito problem this year, they could work it into the budget for next year.

Jahncke said it would have cost about $20,000 for the project if they had decided to implement it.