San Gabriel Valley insect-control officials are conducting a two-day mosquito spraying operation on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Pasadena area in an effort to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus.
The spraying is being conducted from midnight to 5 a.m. both mornings in an area between the Foothill (210) Freeway and Arroyo Seco north, between Everts and Hammond streets, according to the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.
The spraying will be done from a truck driven through the area, using “ultra-low-volume adulticide and low-volume larvicide applications to target mosquitoes at multiple stages to control the population and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease,” according to the district.
“Our surveillance data reports mosquito populations four times higher than our five year average. The high abundance of mosquitoes increases the risk of mosquito-borne disease transmission,” SGVMVCD Director of Scientific Programs Tristan Hallum said in a statement. “The treatment will help decrease those mosquito populations and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.”
The district urged residents to take steps to control mosquito populations, such as:
— eliminating standing water in clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, discarded tires, buckets, watering troughs, or anything that holds water for more than a week;
— ensuring that swimming pools, spas, and ponds are properly maintained;
— changing the water in pet dishes, birdbaths, and other small containers weekly; and
— reporting neglected swimming pools to the vector control district.
The district also advised residents to use mosquito repellent on exposed skin when going outdoors, and to wear loose-fitting, light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
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