Santa Clara County Vector Control District trucks are expected to douse some Mountain View and Palo Alto yards with insecticide Friday (Sept. 17) as part of an effort to fight the spread of West Nile virus, which experts have detected in the area.
The application applies to parts of the 94043 (Mountain View), 94303 (Palo Alto) and 94306 (Palo Alto) ZIP codes, according to a district press release. The targeted area is bordered by Terminal Boulevard, East Meadow Drive and Amphitheatre Parkway to the north; Garcia Avenue, Amphitheatre Parkway, Sierra Vista Avenue and Rengstorff Avenue to the east; Alma Street and Old Middlefield Way to the south; and East Meadow Drive and Elwell Court to the west.
Mosquitoes within the Culex genus spread West Nile virus through bites, and the insecticide is meant to kill the bugs.
The trucks will commence spraying at approximately 10 p.m., the release stated.
“There is no need to relocate during the treatment,” according to the release. “Mosquito treatments pose minimal risk to people, pets, animals, and the environment when applied by a licensed vector control professional following label instructions. Those who would like to take extra precautions can keep family and pets inside during the treatment, with windows and doors shut during the duration of the control treatment (about three hours).”
West Nile virus can cause fever, headache and even neurological damage in people. It is potentially fatal. Since the virus’ 2003 introduction to California, 7,360 people have contracted it, and 339 of them have died, Vector Control data indicates.
For more information on Vector Control, West Nile virus and Friday’s insecticide application, visit vector.sccgov.org.