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Mosquitoes and Detention Basins in Riverside County

Due to a mosquito sample testing positive for West Nile virus, the Riverside County Vector Control Program has scheduled ultra-low volume ground applications using truck-mounted sprayers to reduce the number of adult mosquitos. The treatment will occur in Nuevo and the Mystic Field area. The application of EPA approved mosquito control product Zenivex (EPA Reg No 2724-807) is scheduled for Monday (7/22) 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. All products used are registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to control mosquitos and protect public health. The products are applied according to label instructions by trained and certified technicians. Although the products pose very low to no risk, some people may prefer to avoid exposure. To minimize exposure, residents and pets should remain indoors and keep windows closed during and for 15 minutes following ground application. The amount of material sprayed is three ounces per acre, which ensures that humans, animals, and crops are safe. Signs will be posted Friday along the route informing residents of the control efforts. In addition, vector control staff are intensifying mosquito surveillance, searching out breeding sites, and conducting larval control where appropriate. If you have been recently bitten by a mosquito and are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, it is recommended to consult with your doctor.

While the risk for West Nile, Zika, and malaria are currently low in Riverside County, it is advised to be proactive in protecting yourself, your family, and your pets from bites. Dead birds in the area are an indication of local disease carrying mosquito breeding grounds.

Residents are advised to call the Riverside Vector Control office at 951-766-9454 to report a mosquito problem.



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