Virus found in Ford City and on Garratt Street
The West Side Mosquito and Vector Control District has just received confirmation of positive mosquito samples from the City of Taft, Ford City, and the Maricopa flats area. The samples were collected through the District's surveillance program and have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Positive samples from the City of Taft were collected from Garratt Street. Ford City samples were collected from Fillmore Street. Samples from the Maricopa flats area were collected from orchards near Copus Road, the California Aqueduct, and Highway 166.
A total of 24 positive WNV mosquito samples have been collected from the West Side during the 2017 season, with one sample also testing positive for St. Louis Encephalitis (SLEV). The District will continue to trap and monitor for disease through the remainder of the season. Mosquitoes will be active through the month of October, and could remain active through November as well if weather conditions are favorable.
Individuals are encouraged to take extra precautions during outdoor activities, especially near water recharge ponds and agricultural areas. Mosquitoes are active during the evening hours, with peak activity occurring at dawn and dusk. Long sleeve shirts, pants, and proper shoes will minimize skin exposure. Exposed areas should be treated with repellent. Individuals should apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Always read the label and follow the manufacturers recommendations when applying any repellent.
Individuals may protect themselves around their homes by eliminating all sources of standing water. Flower pots, old tires, buckets, gutters, pet bowls, water leaks, and cesspools are common areas where mosquitoes may breed. In addition, doors and windows should have tight fitting screens that are free of holes or tears. Avoid leaving doors and windows open during morning and evening hours.
If you find a possible source of mosquito breeding or have adult mosquitoes around your home, please call the District office tr 661-763-3510. Office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The District also has mosquito fish available for those who may have ponds, fountains, or water troughs.