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Here you can learn about our services and programs, local mosquitoes, the diseases they carry, California's mosquito control history and other related interesting facts. Whether you're looking for some specific public health information, the latest news on West Nile Virus or just trying to learn more about what we do, take some time to look around the Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District(SYMVCD) Website. Our goal is that you will be able to find the answers here!
As of October 1st, 2013, mosquitofish are nolonger available for the public. Please check back in April, 2014 for stocking your springtime mosquito sources.
Mosquitoes testing negative for WNV, populations down
Negative test results and reductions in mosquito numbers have brought an end to the additional ground spraying occuring in north and south Yuba City, East Marysville, Olivehurst and Plumas Lake. Also ending are regular spraying west of Yuba City and north of Marysville by air and regular Thursday night town routes by ground truck. Spraying in response to disease detection or localized mosquito production may occur as necessary. Although these materials pose a low risk to human health, some people may prefer to avoid or minimize exposure by staying indoors, keeping their windows closed and turning off their window–mounted air conditioners and evaporative coolers when spraying is taking place in the immediate area. All insecticide applications are predicated on mosquito abundance, disease activity and favorable weather conditions.
West Nile virus Surveillance System
This map shows the locations of West Nile virus sentinels found through District surveillance. A red pin indicates a positive mosquito collection. A yellow pin indicates a positive sentinel chicken. A blue pin indicates a positive dead bird.
West Nile virus FAQ
Use this link to view California's West Nile virus FAQ's and Basics. There is a lot of good information to common questions about the virus and how it could impact you.
Is your swimming pool green?
WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOU!
Yuba City, CA (May 23, 2013)– The District is anticipating another busy year for neglected swimming pools in the Yuba-Sutter region. Algae-filled swimming pools and spas serve as breeding sites for disease transmitting mosquitoes. One dirty swimming pool is capable of breeding thousands of mosquitoes over the season. The continuing recession with the associated foreclosure of homes appears to be the major contributing factor to the growing number of neglected pools. “We will start using a blue, Robinson R22 helicopter starting on Tuesday May 28th to spot these green, un-maintained swimming pools in the communities of Live Oak, Sutter, Yuba City, Marysville, Olivehurst, Linda, Plumas Lake and Wheatland” said Ronald McBride, Manager of the District. He added, “The District identified 290 targets during aerial surveillance last season with 64 requiring treatment for mosquito breeding.” The District will treat neglected swimming pools, spas and ornamental ponds with mosquitofish free of charge to residents. McBride encouraged individuals to report mosquito breeding sites to the District. Proactive monitoring, early season mosquito control, and public education are critical to reducing disease transmission. Throughout the summer, basic proactive measures should be followed: DRAIN AND DUMP: Mosquitoes lay their eggs and grow in standing water. Empty water from buckets, old tires, flower pots and toys, and change water from pet bowls and bird baths every few days. DUSK AND DAWN: Mosquitoes bite in early morning and evening. Dress yourself in long sleeved shirts and pants, and use insect repellent containing DEET. DEET: Use insect repellent with DEET in it. DEET keeps mosquitoes from biting you. Follow the directions carefully. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito & Vector Control District is a public health agency dedicated to the control of mosquitoes and other vector-borne diseases. The District can be reached at 530-674-5456
Public Health Pesticide Application Notice
The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District gives notice that it intends to continue to control immature and adult mosquitoes in the District as nescessary to protect the public's health. Applications may be made between January 1 and December 31, 2013. However, the majority of applications occur between May 1 and October 31. Application of pesticides is predicated on mosquito abundance as determined by the District's extensive surveillance system. Actual use varies annually depending on mosquuito and vector-borne disease activity. Our District follows an Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) program that is an ecosystem based strategy. It focuses on long term prevention of mosquitoes through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation and pesticides. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of eradicating only mosquitoes. Pesticides are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risk to human health, beneficial and non target organisms, and the environment. These materials are registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and applied according to label directions by the District's trained and certified technicians. A comprehensive list of pesticides that may be used by the District this season can be viewed by clicking here.
Click here to view the 2013 activity report. Data in the report includes numbers for humans, equines, dead bird collections, sentinel chickens and submitted mosquito collections.
Check other SYMVCD News by clicking on the SYMVCD News link bar at the top of the page.
Take a look at some educational short videos on mosquitoes and their diseases