The Mercury News reports that the recent discovery of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus in the 95125, 95126 and 95128 zip codes means the Santa Clara County Vector Control District will be ground-fogging today in our area, with most of the work centered around Fruitdale and Leigh Avenues. You can click here to see a map of the areas being fogged.
Here are some tips from the Vector Control District for protecting yourself and your fellow residents:
- Drain or dump standing water weekly since this is where mosquitoes lay eggs.
- Check items such as flowerpots and planter bases, toys, cans, leaky water faucets and sprinklers, rain gutters, buckets, pools, ponds, and old tires.
- Clean and scrub bird baths and pet-watering dishes weekly.
- Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.
- Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn to prevent mosquito bites. Those are the times when the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active.
- Dress in long sleeve shirts and long pants, preferably of light colors.
- Apply insect repellent following label instructions.
- Contact the Vector Control District if you are being bothered by mosquitoes or know of a potential mosquito-breeding source.
For free assistance on mosquito control or West Nile virus, residents can contact the District office by calling (408) 918-4770 or fill out a service request online at www.SCCvector.org.
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