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Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District will fly high to fight 'backyard breeders'

The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District and the Butte County Sheriff's Department are teaming up to conduct aerial surveillance of areas to locate and treat possible mosquito breeding sources.

Posted: May 14, 2020 11:14 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District and the Butte County Sheriff's Department are teaming up to conduct aerial surveillance of areas to locate and treat possible mosquito breeding sources.

Starting the week of May 18, the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District will conduct aerial surveillance of un-maintained swimming pools and other “backyard breeders,” such as, boats holding water, ponds without circulation, unused tires, un-maintained hot tubs, and other man-made objects holding water.

“It is crucial for the District to locate and treat these suspected mosquito-breeding sources early in the mosquito season to prevent larger populations from hatching off in the summer, when virus is most active” said Matt Ball, District Manager of Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Public health officials said they expect the mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus to be a serious public health concern in California this year.

In 2019, the West Nile virus was extremely active in Butte County, as well as the rest of the state, according to health officials.

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“Undoubtedly the number of human cases could have been far worse in the state last year if it had not been for this program and others like it,” Ball said.

The Butte County Sheriff and the District have again joined forces in this effort to protect the public’s health. The Butte County Sheriff’s helicopter will be available to assist in most of the flights that will be required to accomplish this project.

The district’s hope is to locate problem-breeding sources earlier in the mosquito season, lessening the severity of urban mosquito populations later in the year.

Residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquitoes by avoiding peak mosquito activity times, wearing repellent, and preventing mosquito breeding on their property.

Call the District at 530-533-6038 or Click Here to report mosquito breeding areas and problems.

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