Residents urged to eliminate places where mosquito breed
As temperatures rise, so does the number of mosquitos, which are responsible for spreading diseases such as the West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis virus. The Turlock Mosquito Abatement District – which includes Ceres – is a reminder to residents to take measures to prevent mosquitos and mosquito-borne diseases.
In 2020, mosquitos were responsible for 231 human cases and 20 horse cases of the West Nile virus in California. Stanislaus County had 36 cases of human WNV as well as three cases of horses in 2020. There was also a case of people with the St. Louis encephalitis virus.
The district urges residents to drain and drain standing water around their properties.
“If you prevent mosquitoes from multiplying in your home, you and your family can be better protected,” said David Heft, general manager of the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District.
Residents are encouraged to look around their property and dispose of all items with standing water so that mosquitoes can possibly multiply. In the case of large amounts of standing water such as neglected swimming pools, ponds, water troughs or ornamental ponds, the district recommends that residents put mosquito fish in them. Residents can contact the Mosquito Control Offices in Turlock or Eastside to arrange mosquito fish collection or delivery.
In addition to the regular mosquito population, a new invasive species (Aedes aegypti) arrived in 2019 and has spread rapidly across California. The district made several new finds in Stanislaus County in 2020. Aedes aegypti is a daytime mosquito and is often associated with brood in small springs near the house such as flower pots, dog bowls, bird baths, buckets, etc. Water from any source to prevent breeding. Every two to three days, scrub outdoor pet bowls to remove eggs that are often placed on the side of the bowls.
To help prevent mosquito and mosquito-borne viruses from spreading, follow these tips:
• Apply insect repellants with EPA registered ingredients such as DEET, Picaradin, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil or IR3535 according to the directions on the label. Repellants prevent mosquitoes from biting;
• Avoid spending time outdoors when mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.
• Install screens on windows and doors and keep them in good condition.
• Eliminate any standing water sources on your property, including flower pots, old tires, buckets, pet dishes, and trash cans.
• Repair leaky faucets and broken sprinklers.
• Clean the gutters clogged with leaves
• Report neglected pools to the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District at turlockmosquito.org or by calling (209) 634-1234.