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Mosquitoes?

Original post made by Itchy in South Palo Alto, Palo Verde, on Aug 16, 2014

Anybody else finding them bad this last day or so?

Last time it was because of problems in the Baylands. Anything going on there?

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Posted by Bumpy
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

This has been a problem since 2009, when the city stopped spraying for mosquitoes. I don't think they sprayed for three years or more.


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I was thinking about posting this as well today. I got a bite on my leg today over at Jordan. - painful when it happened. I would have thought it was a bee sting except I saw it: a smallish black mosquito. I have a swollen welt about 1.5 inches in diameter.

If you have kids starting school this week, I'd definitely consider lightweight long sleeves and long pants, and or some DEET.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 18, 2014 at 12:40 am

DEET is an effective repellent and may be relatively safe on skin but will dissolve many types of plastic and things you didn't realize were plastic, like fake wood veneer and various automotive upholstery. Be sure even a tiny bottle is sealed tightly and triple bagged if in a backpack or luggage. I've had pressurized aerosol cans ("OFF" brand) begin to ooze around the seams after a couple years on the shelf. Potential to destroy valuable items and make a nasty mess.

The fine print on my 2001-vintage bottle of REI Jungle Juice warns: "Do not apply on or near acetate, rayon, spandex, furniture, plastics, watch crystals, glasses frames, leather or painted surfaces including automobiles."


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 18, 2014 at 5:58 am

FYI. The city doesn't spray for Mosquitos...never has. Vector control is managed by the county.

And if you live near SF Creek Or the northern part of the city, then it is both SMCo and SCCo who have influence on spraying assignments and management.


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Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

For Santa Clara County: Web Link

For San Mateo County: Web Link

Please report mosquitos to the appropriate vector control district. Without public reports, they may not know about an outbreak of mosquitos that need to be treated. West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever can become a public health crisis and these vector control districts needs the public help in reporting outbreaks of mosquitos.


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Posted by Itchy in South Palo Alto
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 19, 2014 at 10:16 am

They are very bad again, thanks for the link to vector control. I have contacted them.


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Posted by Itchy
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Heard back from Vector control. It seems that there was an incident in the Baylands where something wasn't working and caused mosquitoes to lay eggs which have hatched. It seems they will be with us for another week or so until they die.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I actually reported it to Vector Control and they called back. Apparently, the ranger that opened up a levy to let in some water into the Baylands didn't let Vector Control know about it. Had Vector Control been informed of this action they could have treated the water to ensure the eggs didn't hatch. I was also told that the water was let in because the city had decided it would look more beautiful and "natural" to have more water filled in. Seriously? Of all people, rangers/park employees should know that ecosystems are in a delicate balance and by flooding a once dry area would have ramifications. According to Vector Control, a 10 square mile radius is being affected by this HUGE increase in mosquitoes.


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Posted by I
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2014 at 8:19 am

Additional infomration regarding why water was allowed into the flood basin:

The 644 acre flood basin is habitat to a great variety of wildlife and a regular tidal innundation is part of sustaining the habitat and wildlife in the basin. The water levels of the basin are allowed to fluctuate with the tides, during the non rainy season. When the basin water levels are extremely low, due to very low tides, you run the risk of killing fish in the basin. Additional water was allowed into the basin to restore the water levels to the normal/ average for this time of year. Once water levels were restored to the normal level, the flood basin tide gate was set back to its normal levels.


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