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Mosquitoes in Fresno

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Following the release of millions of mosquitoes to decrease the number of Zika cases, the mosquito infestation problem in Fresno has become more prominent. Bullard’s Nurse Priscilla Hansen had some valuable information to share with the Bullard community.

Q: We understand there is an infestation of mosquitoes in Fresno. Can you tell us why?

A: “Well, according to the Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District, there has been an increase of complaints about mosquitoes. And most of it was due to the rain that they’ve had and what we had in the spring, and that’s a lot of standing water, so it has kind of been a problem. Although, this because this last winter had a lot of rain with more standing water, so it’s just a good breeding ground for them and it was huge. And they also released several million mosquitoes.”

Q: How dangerous is this?

A: “One reason they did this was to decrease the number of Zika cases that would normally crop up more work and with more West Nile Virus. Adding the extra males was not a dangerous thing and didn’t seem to increase any number of West Nile Virus cases in the county.”

Q: 20 million sterile males have been released by the state California in the area. Do you think this will solve the problem?

A: “It’s the current type of mosquitoes, so it kind of remains to be seen whether it will work in Fresno County. I think it will work, but it is only a matter of time that with all the standing water we have around, and it’s really the females that bite and cause all the complaints.”

Q:  What tips can you offer to the Bullard community regarding mosquitoes?

A: “Wear long sleeves when you’re outside. Some of those mosquitoes that were coming into Fresno County were actually out during the day, and they did come at dusk like your normal mosquitoes, so people were getting bitten throughout the day which was a problem. Wear good repellent, make sure you’ve got screens on your windows, and make sure you don’t leave your doors open at night, or during the day for that matter.”

 

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