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Mosquito Fogging planned Sun, Aug, 2 in Areas of Menlo Park

posted Jul 30, 2015, 3:36 PM by Steve Taffee
In response to the discovery of adult mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in ‪#‎MenloPark yesterday, the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District has scheduled an adult mosquito control treatment (fogging) for the night of Sunday, Aug. 2nd in areas of Menlo Park. For a map of the treatment area and more information, please visit the District website at www.smcmvcd.org or call 650-344-8592 with questions/concerns.

In 2013, Menlo Park CERT participated in a unique joint operation (Silver Mosquito) with SMSMVCD to inform the Menlo Park citizens about the health threat posed by mosquitos.


Full press release follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Adult Mosquito Treatment in Areas of Menlo Park Scheduled for Night of Aug. 2nd 

Burlingame, CA – 30 July 2015 – San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) detected West Nile Virus (WNV) in adult mosquitoes collected on July 29th, 2015 from the 94025 ZIP code area. The District will conduct truck-mounted adult mosquito treatment around the detection site in an effort to prevent human cases of WNV. Weather permitting, the adult mosquito treatment is scheduled for the night of Sunday, Aug. 2nd between 9pm and 5am Monday morning. 

The treatment area, which is primarily residential, is approximately bounded by Menlo Ave. to the north, San Mateo Dr. to the west, Creek Dr. to the south, and Waverly St. to the west. A map of the treatment area and further information can be found on the District website at www.smcmmvd.org. Residents with additional questions can call the District at (650) 344-8592 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. 

Mosquitoes will be collected in the area after the treatment is complete. If posttreatment mosquito samples are carrying West Nile Virus, additional adult mosquito control treatments may be necessary. 

Reports of dead birds are an early indication that West Nile virus is circulating in the environment. Residents are encouraged to help by reporting fresh carcasses of birds or tree squirrels to the West Nile virus hotline, online at www.westnile.ca.gov or by phone at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473). 

West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The primary hosts are birds. Humans, horses and other animals can become infected with WNV if bitten by an infected mosquito. It cannot be spread person to person. Residents can reduce their risk of mosquito bites by taking the following precautions:
  • Apply insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 and follow label instructions.
  • Make sure that doors and windows have tight‐fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes and repair or replace screens with tears or holes.
  • Eliminate standing water and containers that can hold water from around the home.
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. For assistance with a mosquito problem in San Mateo County, contact the District at (650) 344-8592. 

For more information on West Nile Virus or District services, visit us on the web at: www.smcmvcd.org. 

Contact: Megan Caldwell 
Public Health Education and Outreach Officer 
mcaldwell@smcmvcd.org 
1351 Rollins Rd. 
Burlingame, CA 94010 
(650) 344-8592

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