Heavy rain this winter, combined with some 90-degree days already this year, have created conditions that could see high incidents of mosquitoes and, possibly, cases on West Nile Virus in the months ahead.
In response to the increase in mosquito populations, the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District will expand surveillance and control of local mosquito populations on all private and public lands within San Joaquin County. 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 repellents; introducing mosquitofish to ponds, ditches, and other aquatic sites; and spraying areas where mosquitoes are found.
“The District will continue to implement the California Mosquito-Borne Virus Surveillance and Response Plan to protect the public health and welfare,” said Aaron Devencenzi, Public Information Officer for the District.
Spray locations and times will normally be available 24 hours in advance.
Already, the District has done some spraying in the rural Lodi and Thornton areas.
Devencenzi said local residents can access spray information and scheduled spray locations by calling the District at (209) 982-4675 or toll-free at 1-800-300-4675 during business hours from 7 a.m. to noon. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or by visiting the District’s website anytime online at www.sjmosquito.org.