The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) is reporting an increase of mosquitoes that are positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in areas of the County, resulting in the season’s first residential truck-mounted adult mosquito control treatment in Fullerton and Buena Park.
Laboratory test results show continued WNV-positive mosquito samples in the area between Beach Blvd to Euclid Street and the 91 Freeway to Rosecrans Ave. The presence of WNV-positive mosquito samples combined with a high abundance of mosquitoes increases the risk of residents getting bit by a mosquito capable of transmitting WNV.
In an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes, interrupt virus transmission, and protect the public from mosquito-borne diseases, the OCMVCD will conduct truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) applications in neighborhoods where WNV-positive mosquitoes have been trapped. The treatments are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 25 through 27 between 10pm and 5am. If weather conditions are not favorable, or if there are operational delays, the treatments may be postponed or delayed.
OCMVCD will continue to track WNV-positive mosquito samples throughout the County and may add additional treatment areas and dates throughout the remainder of the WNV season.
Residents can sign up for alerts regarding treatment in their area on the District’s website or check the spray schedule and determine whether their homes are located within the treatment area at: www.ocvector.org/residential-truck-mounted-treatments.
Residents in treatment areas will be notified prior to the treatment date with signs posted in their neighborhoods and/or a flyer left at their door.
Residents should take the following precautions to help reduce the chances of getting bit by mosquitoes:
-Dump and drain any containers filled with water at least once a week
-Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls weekly
-Dump water from potted plant saucers
-Do not transport or share plant stems rooted in water
-Drill a hole or puncture containers to eliminate standing water
To prevent mosquito bites, the District offers the following tips:
-Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin before going outdoors; reapply as recommended
-Wear repellent containing DEET®, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus
-Close all unscreened doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home or space; repair broken or damaged screens
-Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and opt for lighter-colored clothing
Visit ocvector.org to learn more about what you can do to prevent mosquito breeding in and around your property.
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