Cotati, CA. -The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District will begin conducting aerial surveillance for neglected swimming pools in residential areas in Marin and Sonoma counties. Aerial swimming pool surveillance focuses on neglected and poorly maintained swimming pools and spas, thus helping the District detect major sources of mosquito production.
"Neglected swimming pools can produce tens of thousands of mosquitoes which in turn can cause significant biting issues and heightened risk of disease transmission in neighborhoods," stated Nizza Sequeira, Public Relations Director for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District. "Early detection and remediation of these types of sources is vital to protecting public health."
It is important that swimming pools are properly maintained to prevent mosquito production and the potential for mosquito-borne disease transmission. If residents are experiencing issues in completing timely swimming pool maintenance or mosquito production is observed, they should contact the District immediately at 800.231.3236 or online at www.msmosquito.com.
Using a fixed-wing airplane flying at an altitude of approximately 5000 feet, the District will begin initial surveillance efforts in early fall and will likely continue next spring/early summer. The first surveillance effort is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017 over the Novato, Petaluma, Cotati, and Rohnert Park areas. Once the data has been collected the District will decide which areas need immediate assistance and will attempt to work collaboratively with residents to implement mosquito source reduction. The District's authority to perform mosquito surveillance and control and to require mosquito source abatement is provided by the California Health and Safety Code.