Mosquitoes in Moab

 

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION AND UPDATES

There are many places to get updated information on the mosquito spraying in Grand County, such as Facebook and seuhealth.com, but we encourage people to sign up for the Grand County notification system. To receive notifications for when spraying will occur please sign up at www.grandcountyutah.net/mosquito 

 

Though the Mosquito Abatement District makes every effort to plan their spraying schedule, there are certain days when they must react to larva maturing into adulthood, a process that cannot always be predicted. When this happens, notification time will be short. It is possible that spraying may occur on any evening between now and the first frost of the season.

 

SPRAYING TO CONTROL VECTOR MOSQUITOES

The Moab Mosquito Abatement District (MMAD) is spraying with a pesticide named Biomist in order to control the spread of the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the Moab area. The active ingredient in Biomist is permethrin. It is our expectation that increased spraying now will help remove the species from the area so that we will not need to fog as much in years to come. 

 

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at Oregon State University has excellent information about the potential effects of permethrin which can be found at http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/PermGen.html.

 

Permethrin has been demonstrated to be safe for use in residential and commercial areas.  There is no data to indicate that children are more sensitive to permethrin than adults. Additionally, exposure to permethrin has not been shown to be harmful to expectant mothers, the elderly or young children. The Southeast Utah Health Department is supportive of the use of spraying permethrin in the MMAD’s effort to reduce the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in our area. 

 

Though permethrin has been demonstrated to be safe for use, SEUHD recommends that individuals close their windows and turn off evaporative coolers during spraying times. For a list of dates that spraying is scheduled please visit the Southeast Utah Health Department Website: www.seuhealth.com and sign up to receive notifications at www.grandcountyutah.net/mosquito.

 

AEDES AEGYPTI

The Moab Mosquito Abatement District has recently trapped Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. This species of mosquito is new to Grand County and the surrounding area, but not new to the United States. A detailed map of the estimated range of this type of mosquito can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/Zika-mosquito-maps.pdf. Aedes aegypti can be a vector for various viral diseases, including yellow fever, Zika virus, chikungunya virus, and dengue. For the disease to be transmitted, a mosquito must bite an infected person, ingest the virus, and then bite another person. At this time, there is no indication that any of these diseases are present in the local population. Nevertheless, SEUHD will work with all of the local health care providers and community partners to properly plan for and recognize these diseases should they be introduced into our community at some point in the future. Additionally, the Utah Department of Health will help assist with surveillance efforts and provide disease prevention expertise.

 

WEST NILE VIRUS

The Southeast Utah Health Department (SEUHD) has announced four human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the health district this year. Numerous mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus this year. spraying for the Aedes Aegypti will also help to reduce the population of mosquitoes which have the potential to carry West Nile.

 

PREVENTION

Although not all mosquitoes carry disease, people should avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and long pants that are brightly colored. Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients DEET: Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and Icaridin outside the US), IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), Para-menthane-diol (PMD), 2-undecanone. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It is especially important to prevent mosquito bites by having good window screens or by using a screened tent if sleeping outside. Additionally, drain all the standing water around your property, keep roof gutters clear of debris, ensure that all door and window screens are in good repair, and keep weeds and grass cut short.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Regulations passed by the Board of Health  Sept. 25, 2018

 

 Adjudicative Hearing Procedures

Public Pool Regulation

Food Service Regulation

Lodging Regulation

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH                FEE SCHEDULE FOR 2018

RADON

The Southeast Utah Health Department would like to remind everyone that January is "Radon Action Month".  Radon is a naturally occurring colorless, odorless, tasteless, and radioactive gas that seeps up from the ground into the lowe levels of buildings.  Radon is more present in Utah than in much of the country (radon is present in about 1 in 3 Utah homes vs. 1 in 15 homes nationwide).  Continual radon exposure can lead to lung cancer and it is estimated that there are about 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States every year as a result of long term radon exposure.  According to Eleanor Divver, the Indoor Radon Coordinator for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality most people don't realize that next to smoking radon is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer.  "Utah has the lowest smoking rate, but not the lowest lung cancer rate--and naturally occurring radon is the reason," she said.

Local Health Officer Brady Bradford encourages people to have their homes tested.  In Carbon County, about 31% of 150 homes tested so far have had high levels of radon.  Only 36 homes in Emery County have been tested, of which 36% have shown high levels of radon.  In Grand County, 13% of 113 homes tested so far have shown high levels. Testing your home is very simple and inexpensive--and it can give you great peace of mind to know if you need to address a radon situation or not.  Two-day test kits cost $8 and can be obtained from www.Radon.Utah.gov.  If you discover that your home does have high levels of radon, most remediation efforts can be completed for less than $1,500. 

Southeast Utah Health Department would like to promote radon awareness in our communities and we are willing to help educate individuals and groups that would like to know more about radon."  For more information call 435-637-3671 in Carbon and Emery Counties, and 435-259-5602 in Grand County.

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BODY ART

It is the purpose of the regulations to require Body Art Facilities to operate in a manner that will protect the public health, safety and welfare, prevent the spread of disease, and prevent the creation of a nuisance within the jurisdiction of Southeast Utah Health Department.

TANNING BED

SEPTIC SYSTEMS

Every dwelling, building, or other structure used or intended to be used for human habitation within the Department’s jurisdiction shall have a wastewater connection in which receives and directs all wastewater to a public sewer, or an onsite wastewater system.

  • Alternative Wastewater Rule and Application

  • Liquid Waste Pumper Rule and Application

  • Subdivision Feasibility Checklist

FOOD SERVICES

The Environmental Health Department’s Food Service Sanitation rule establishes definitions; sets standards for management and personnel, food operations, and equipment and facilities; and provides for food establishment plan review, permit issuance, inspection, employee restriction, and permit suspension to safeguard public health and provide consumers food that is safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented.​

PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS

PRIVATE WATER

It is the purpose of the Nonpublic drinking water rule to ensure that Nonpublic water systems are properly developed to provide a potable water supply to the user(s); to ensure that all private wells and springs are located, constructed and maintained in a manner which does not adversely affect public health, safety, and welfare; to regulate the use of Nonpublic water systems within the Southeast Utah Health Department’s jurisdiction; and to: protect and prevent contamination of the aquifer, prevent the spread of disease, prevent the creation of nuisances, prevent groundwater pollution and provide standards when approval of a water supply is required.

  • Nonpublic Drinking Water Rule

  • Sample Well Protection Land Use Agreement

  • Recommended Procedures for Hauling Drinking Water

TEMPORARY MASS GATHERINGS

Temporary Mass Gathering FILL IN HERE​

Summertime Tips:

 

/  WORKING TO KEEP OUR LIVES CLEAN AND HEALTHY.

With an emphasis on the relationship between health and the environment, this program focuses on the purity of air, food, and water.  Every effort is made to identify and control hazards before they compromise public health.  Services are rendered in the form of consultations, plan review, inspection, and investigations.  

 

Some Environmental Health Activities are:

  • Individual wastewater disposal

  • Food service inspections

  • School inspections

  • Swimming pool inspections

  • Solid and hazardous waste regulations

  • Used oil recycling

 

POOL FORMS

BROCHURES

FOOD SERVICE

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RULE

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/  FORMS

Forms can be downloaded and sent to our Environmental Health Director, Orion Rogers in our Moab Office.

BODY ART FORMS

WASTE WATER/ SEPTIC TANK FORMS

Septic System Application Pack



Certified Onsite Waste Water Professionals

 

Alternative Wastewater Rule and Application - Available in Office

 

Liquid Waste Pumper Rule and Application - Available in Office

 

Subdivision Feasibility Checklist - Available In Office

METH 

TANNING BED

PRIVATE WATER

REQUEST RECORDS

Grama Request - Contact your Local Office

Heavy Metal Toxicity

These can be similar to other health conditions and may not be immediately recognized as due to heavy metal toxicity:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Central nervous system dysfunction

  • Heart problems

  • Anemia

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Price, UT 84501

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Tel: 435-637-3671
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