The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) detected adult mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNV). The District will conduct truck-mounted mosquito fogging treatment in the southeast part of the City (near South San Francisco and Colma) the night of Thursday, August 21, between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am (weather permitting).
Click here for a copy of the District's press release and click here for a copy of the map of the fogging location.
Reports of dead birds are an early indication of that the virus is circulating in the environment. Residents are encouraged to help by reporting fresh carcasses of birds or tree squirrels to the West Nile Virus hotline, online at www.westnile.ca.gov or by phone at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473).
To prevent mosquito breeding on your property and to prevent mosquito bites, follow the "Three D's":
- DRAIN - Mosquitos lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.
- DAWN and DUSK - Mosquitos bit in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitos out.
- DEET - Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitos from biting you.
For assistance with a mosquito problem in San Mateo County, contact the District at (650) 344-8592.
For more information on West Nile Virus and other district services, visit the District's website at www.smcmad.org.