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Parts of Manteca area target for spraying mosquitoes to battle West Nile virus spread

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POSTED July 9, 2009 2:34 a.m.
Parts of Manteca, Banta and southeast Tracy are scheduled for spraying by the San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District due to the recent increase of the adult mosquito population and the detection of West Nile virus.

Locally, the district will conduct ground spraying today (between 8:30 p.m. and midnight) and early Friday morning (3:30 to 6:30) in the rural area north of West Ripon Road, south of Division Road, west of Airport Way and east of S. Austin Road.

The areas of Tracy and Banta includes north and south of the Union Pacific Railroad, south of Valpico Road, east of McArthur Boulevard, west of Tracy Boulevard, east of Paradise Cut, and west of the Grant Line / Kasson Road.

Spraying for adult mosquitoes is done near sunset or sunrise with trucks and airplanes when mosquitoes are most active, with the district using sprayers that apply a very fine mist of material that kills adult mosquitoes on contact.

The district will also continue to implement the California Mosquito-Borne Virus Surveillance and Response Plan to protect the public health and welfare.

Control operations are contingent upon favorable weather conditions and if canceled, and can be rescheduled for the following morning or evening.

Any request for district service can be obtained by calling (209) 982.4675, (800) 300-4675 or by visiting the district website at www.sjmosquito.org.

For more information about mosquito control and WNV:

• California West Nile virus information and to report dead birds and squirrels, call toll-free (877) 968-2473 or log on to www.westnile.ca.gov.

• San Joaquin County Public Health website is http://www.sjcphs.org/emprep/WestNileVirus.htm.
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