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County Will Target Mosquito Breeding Ground Monday

The low-flying chopper will just be dropping anti-'skeeter granules in marshes.

It's 'skeeter season, but the county's Mosquito and Vector Control plans to get a handle on the blood-sucking bugs Monday morning.

Starting at 9 a.m.—weather permitting—a helicopter crew will sprinkle 45 acres in and near Watsonville with mosquito control granules.

The granular treatment will be focused on Watsonville Slough, Atkinson Pond, Pinto Lake, Harkins Slough and Struve Slough. The aim is to reduce mosquito breeding in the wetlands.

The low-flying helicopter shouldn't take long to hit all those areas, according to Mosquito and Vector Control supervisor Paul Binding. Also, he noted that this is not an aerial fogging or air-dispersed application, and it's not harmful to humans, birds or other wildlife.

If the helicopter isn't available Monday or the weather doesn't cooperate, the treatment will be postponed to Wednesday.

To help with mosquito control in your own backyard, empty yard containers of standing water, place mosquitofish in ornamental ponds or non-maintained pools and call Mosquito and Vector Control about mosquito breeding situations—such as unmaintained swimming pools or ponds—and biting mosquitoes. The number is 831-454-2590.

To protect yourself from those annoying mosquito bites, wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks with shoes and repellents when outside at dawn or dusk.

Louise July 18, 2011 at 02:07 PM
How scary to be applying all these chemicals! The best solution for personal mosquito repellent is this fantastic product called Greenbug for People. It is safe, natural, smells good, is not oily, doesn't stain and best of all, it WORKS!! This is a green product that works better than synthetic chemicals - seriously! Greenbug for People is better than anything I have ever found and I am a mosquito magnet who has tried everything.
Tim Flynn August 16, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Bleh, chemicals! I'd rather the county invest in promoting more mosquito predators (amphibians!) than chemical/hormone sprays. Our wetlands are already so impacted by Ag chemicals!

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