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County Kicks Off Mosquito Fight
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Warmer temperatures and longer days are leading to an increase in mosquito populations. Just in the past month, San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District has seen up to an 80 percent increase in mosquitoes found in surveillance traps.

"The District is asking that residents remove any standing water around their homes," said Aaron Devencenzi, District Public Information Officer. "In addition, neglected swimming pools continue to be a source for mosquito development in urban and suburban areas."

Residents are encouraged to report neglected swimming pools to the district.

Devencenzi said the district is increasing surveillance and control of local mosquito populations on all private and public lands within San Joaquin County in response to the dramatic rise in the population. Mosquitoes are the main source for West Nile Virus.

"Surveillance includes checking for mosquito-borne diseases through testing samples of mosquitoes, testing dead birds, and testing sentinel chickens," Devencenzi said.

Mosquito control activities include making recommendations to property owners on methods to reduce mosquito breeding conditions; educating the public on mosquito prevention techniques, including the use of repellants; introducing mosquitofish to ponds, ditches and other aquatic sites; and spraying areas where mosquitoes are found.

For more information about mosquito control and West Nile, or to report dead birds and squirrels, call toll-free, 1-877-968-2473 or visit the website,