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Fresno Mosquito Control Techs Out In Full Force

Mosquitoes are already buzzing around the Valley. Fresno's Mosquito and Vector Control District says they're already seeing higher numbers than last year.
Mosquitoes are already buzzing around the Valley. Fresno's Mosquito and Vector Control District says they're already seeing higher numbers than last year.

"Everybody hates mosquitoes, they bite, it's irritating," says Control Technician Tim Morgan.

Morgan tackles a pool in the backyard of an abandoned home on Thursday. He says it's not the worst mosquito breeding situation he's ever seen, but it's still pretty bad.

"The water's pretty dark, it's pretty bad, you can smell it," Morgan says.

When Morgan dips a cup into the water and pulls it up you can see the larvae swimming around and the egg sacks floating on top. Tim Phillips, also with Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control, says each sack can have 100 mosquitoes inside.

Technicians like Morgan routinely check homes that have the potential to be a breeding ground. They'll leave yellow notices on the door asking someone to contact them so they can inspect the property. If no one responds, they post another notice. If there is still no contact, they'll get a warrant to go into the back yard and treat problem areas.

Thursday's abandoned, black watered pool is treated with a special oil spray that suffocates the larvae and egg sacks. Morgan also puts special mosquito eating fish in the pool. The fish immediately start chasing the larvae, gobbling them up. Morgan will check the property again in a month.

Officials say controlling mosquitoes is more than just getting rid of the pesky insects.

"We want to control them because we know they transmit West Nile Virus," says Fresno County Department of Public Health Assistant Director David Luchini.

Luchini says West Nile Virus had a mild year in 2013 but that doesn't mean it won't ramp up again this year. Everyone hopes you remember you can help prevent the disease by removing standing water.

You can also report green pools to the District using the form found on their website. http://www.fresnomosquito.org/fresno-mosquito-servicerequest.htm
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