The County of San Diego’s Vector Control Program will drop its first batch of larvicide of the year on 48 rivers, streams, ponds and other waterways to kill mosquito larvae Wednesday. (Update 4/19/17: Conditions did not allow all sites to be treated Wednesday. Remaining sites will be treated Thursday.)
County of San Diego officials said Friday that mosquito prevention isn’t just about West Nile virus anymore — it’s also about Zika virus, and people need to dump out standing water around homes to protect themselves and their communities.
Since the epidemic of the Americas began in Brazil in 2015, the County Health and Human Services Agency’s Public Health Laboratory has been very busy testing specimens of patients who traveled to Zika-impacted areas.
Rain puddles, sun and rising temperatures prompt the County to call on the public to dump out standing water to fight mosquitoes — a call made more urgent this year by the Zika virus.
If you’ve got a rain barrel, this winter’s rains have been great! Your barrel is full. You’re conserving water. You’re watering your garden naturally. You’re growing mosquitoes … Wait, what?!
County Vector Control crews will hand-spray a neighborhood in Nestor this week to keep invasive Aedes mosquitoes from potentially spreading the Zika virus after mosquitoes were found near a person who contracted Zika outside the U.S.
Watch how the County’s Vector Control Program monitors, tests and controls mosquitoes and provides education and outreach.