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Davis parks treated against mosquitoes

By From page A1 | July 09, 2013

Are you reaDy?

Drain standing water that may produce mosquitos.

Dawn and dusk are times to avoid being outdoors.

Dress appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outside.

Defend yourself by using an effective insect repellent. Make sure to follow directions.

Door and window screens should be in good working condition.

District personnel are also available to address mosquito problems. Call 800-429-1002.

Three Davis parks were scheduled to sprayed between 8 p.m. and midnight Monday to kill adult mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District targeted Northstar, Chestnut and Mace Ranch parks for treatment. Each park was sprayed via an ultra-low volume backpack.

“The products applied by the district are designed to quickly reduce adult mosquito populations and to protect public health and welfare,” according to a district news release.

District officials have been closely monitoring an area in North Sacramento, where dead birds and mosquitos have both tested positive for the virus. Over the past few days, Yolo County also has seen a rise in West Nile activity. In Davis and Woodland, 36 mosquito samples tested Monday were positive for the virus. For all of 2013, there have been 55 positive mosquito samples and six dead birds in Yolo County.

“West Nile virus is very widespread throughout both our counties and the abundance of mosquitos in our traps is higher than we have seen in a long time,” said David Brown, district manager. “We are concerned about the activity to date and we are evaluating ¬†our response plan to reduce infected adult mosquitos.”

In an attempt to lessen the threat, the district has scheduled aerial treatments for rural and agricultural areas, ground fogging in urban areas and continued surveillance efforts with traps and testing of dead birds.

While the positive tests are from Davis and Woodland, the district cautions all Yolo County residents to be aware of the situation and take precautions.

“West Nile virus is here and we need everyone to be diligent about protecting themselves,” Brown said. “Wearing an effective mosquito repellent and draining all sources of standing water are key.”

The state of California is showing higher incidents across the board. So far, there have been positive testings in 24 of 58 counties. In 2012, 479 human cases were reported and 20 people died, according to the release.

For more information, visit www.fightthebite.net or call 800-429-1022.

Enterprise staff

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