MOSQUITO AND VIRUS CONTROL UPDATE
For Immediate Release: Contact:
June 17, 2019 Tammy Gordon
Public Information Officer
(760) 342-8287 or (760) 296-2905
WEST NILE VIRUS DETECTED IN PALM DESERT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2019
Adult mosquito control applications scheduled in Indio, La Quinta, and Palm Springs this week.
INDIO, CA, JUNE 17, 2019:Mosquitoes continue to test positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the Coachella Valley. Mosquitoes collected from traps near Monterey Avenue and Hovley Lane tested positive for the virus, the first virus detection in Palm Desert this year. In an effort to reduce mosquitoes and the risk of transmission of mosquito-borne viruses to people, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will carry out targeted control methods where infected mosquitoes were trapped.
INDIO:Truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 19-21. Applications are planned between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m., weather permitting, but could take place anytime between 8:00 p.m. (the evening prior) and 8:00 a.m. Barrier applications will also be carried out in some areas during day.WHERE:The application area is within Highway 111, Madison Street, Avenue 48, and Jefferson Street.
LA QUINTA:Truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) and barrier applications are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 19-21. Applications are planned between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m., weather permitting, but could take place anytime between 8:00 p.m. (the evening prior) and 8:00 a.m.WHERE:The application area is within Avenue 54, Monroe Street, Avenue 58, and Madison Street.
PALM SPRINGS:Barrier applications are scheduled during the day, as needed.WHERE:The application area is within Mesquite Avenue, Gene Autry Trail, north of Tahquitz Creek, and around Demuth Park.
ULV applications involve emitting a fine mist to target flying adult mosquitoes. Barrier applications involve the misting of standing, tall, non-flowering vegetation, targeting adult mosquitoes as they rest in those protected areas. All control products used by the District are registered by the Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of controlling mosquitoes and protecting public health.
The products are applied according to label instructions by trained and certified technicians. Although mosquito control pesticides and the techniques used pose low risks, the District recommends that people who want to avoid exposure as a best practice, stay inside or away from the application area during and for 30 minutes following the application. For more information during treatment, please call (760) 541-2057. During regular office hours Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. the public may call (760) 342-8287. Please refer to the District’s website for updated application routes athttp://www.cvmvcd.org/controlactivities.htm
Since June 12, 24 more samples of mosquitoes collected from District traps have tested positive for WNV from areas across the valley. This brings the total WNV positive samples to 132 for 2019. See the table for details.