Feb 19, 2014 6:23 PM
The North State is bugging out.
And the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District is gearing up for a long season.
“We’re calibrating our equipment; we're maintaining our equipment; we're repairing our trucks, our vehicles and our aircraft,” said Mike Ball, Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District manager.
This year's drought has created a big challenge when it comes to fighting mosquitoes. Crews are out earlier than normal--checking on mosquito breeding sources and trying to find the little wigglers before they become big problems.
Now the mosquitoes people are swatting this time of year usually don't carry West Nile Virus. But the kind Vector Control is looking for do.
“If the weather were to go back anywhere from 10 to 20 degrees above average, like what we saw most of January,” said Ball, “if we had that now could see West Nile mosquitoes anytime.”
Vector Control says the best way to void mosquitoes and disease is taking into your own hands.
“Two main attacks: first go around and look for mosquitoes breeding on their property any standing water,” Ball said. “Second tier of that is protecting from mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves or long pants or repellent.”
And if you have any standing water that has to stay, Vector Control offers a natural solution they give away for free: mosquito fish.
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