Cotati, CA. -The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) has begun mosquito surveillance and control work in residential areas affected by the recent fires that ravaged areas of Sonoma County. Collectively the wildfires burned over 110,000 acres of land and approximately 7,400 structures. The fires devastated residential and rural neighborhoods leaving in their wake a new threat- unmaintained swimming pools, spas, and exposed septic tanks.
"Currently our main concern is spas and swimming pools that can produce tens of thousands of mosquitoes if left unmaintained," stated Jason Sequeira, Field Supervisor for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District. "Areas found producing mosquitoes will be treated with environmentally compatible materials, documented, and monitored."
Thus far, vector control technicians have identified nearly 200 new sources of mosquito production, consisting mostly of swimming pools in burn areas. The District is also starting to receive calls from residents affected by the fires reporting areas that are producing mosquitoes on their properties.
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District is funded through property taxes and benefit assessments, so services are provided to all residents in Marin and Sonoma counties at no additional charge.
For more information about the District or to request service, visit our website at www.msmosquito.com or call 1-800-231-3236 during business hours, Monday- Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.