Northwest Fresno Neighborhood Sprayed for Mosquitoes

Published 08/22 2014 03:47PM

Updated 08/22 2014 06:54PM

Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District says they've seen an increased amount of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have been captured in a Northwest Fresno Neighborhood prompting the District to take action spraying the area. 

 They sprayed in an area near Spruce and Milburn overnight. They say the spray is not toxic for people or pets and it's similar to the foggers you can buy at a hardware store. 

Tim Phillips, manager for Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District, says the drought hasn't hindered the mosquito population. He says instead they're doing more with less. The river running near Spruce and Milburn has been attracting the blood suckers and prompting them to breed. Phillips says combine that with hot temperatures and West Nile Virus in the insects is starting to flourish. 

'We've had to repeat treat a lot of things, backyard sources, pools and such," Phillips says.

No one living in the area that we spoke with has heard of anyone getting West Nile Virus, but they are grateful the District came in and sprayed. 

Fresno County Department of Public Health says there have been 26 human cases of West Nile Virus this year. The mosquito population will continue to breed until it cools down. To protect yourself from possible West Nile you should wear long sleeves and pants plus repellant when you're out in the morning and evening hours. 

Anyone with problems can call the Fresno Mosquito Abatement at (559)268-6565

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