Foreclosures, Abandoned Pools Create Mosquito Threat

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 11, 2008

Mosquitoes have spent the past few months in hibernation. But now that the weather is warming up… 

"Mosquitoes are out and they’re looking for that blood meal." 

Gary Goodman is with the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. He says they’re working with residents, real estate agents, SMUD, PG&E and the city and county to find out where the abandoned pools are. Goodman says just one neglected pool can produce thousands of mosquitoes.  

"So we want to make sure that we’re getting that information from the public and from those other municipalities so that we can go out there and do an assessment to figure out if we have a mosquito problem in that particular area." 

Last year, the district’s field technicians had to apply treatments to over 1,000 pools where mosquitoes were breeding.