News

Tonight: Mosquito fogging in Menlo Park

Parts of Menlo Park will be sprayed for mosquitoes tonight (Aug. 11) to curb the spread of the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus were detected in two areas within the 94025 zip code on Aug. 6, district officials said. The area to be treated with insecticide tonight is roughly bordered by University Drive to the north; Bay Laurel Drive to the east; Altschul Avenue and Sharon Road to the south; and Cam Al Lago to the west.

Trucks will start fogging at 9 p.m. tonight and finish by 5 a.m. tomorrow. The treatment may be repeated if the virus is found in mosquitoes collected after tonight's spraying, according to the district. The fogging will only take place when wind speeds are below 10 miles per hour, according to district officials, to ensure that the insecticide remains within the targeted area.

Mosquitoes transmit the virus through biting. Although the primary hosts are birds, it can also infect people, horses and other animals. Any standing pools of water should be drained to help prevent mosquitoes from proliferating, and people should use repellent and make sure door screens fit tightly, the district advised.

"West Nile Virus is more prevalent this year in San Mateo County and throughout the Bay Area," Nayer Zahiri, district laboratory director, said in a press release.

Contact the district at 344-8592 for more information or to request fogging in your area.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Sandy Brundage

Comments

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Too Many Crows
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

Considering that 6 of the last 7 animals found with West Nile Virus are "American Crow", it seems that it is time to address the growing crow problem in our neighborhood as well as the mosquitos. The crows were NOT here prior to about 2008, but they have become a serious problem in the last 6-7 years.
SEASONAL TOTAL OF WEST NILE VIRUS POSITIVE ANIMALS IN SAN MATEO COUNTY: Web Link


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Beth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I'm not sure what a "crow problem" is and I really don't want more pesticides, insecticides or other harmful sprays clogging up the already polluted air we have here - why do we? People problem - too many don't demand or use public transportation, nearly every home uses gardeners, housekeepers, house construction, maintenance,etc. causing enormous traffic/vehicle emissions. Solve these problems first.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Central Menlo
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm

I remember running behind the DDT mosquito/spray truck when I was a kid. The mist was so refreshing. I guess science figured out that wasn't so cool after all.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Menlo Girl
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

I agree w Beth that we should only use these chemicals when absolutely necessary. In this case, it may be warranted as West Nile Virus seems pretty serious. But, I wouldn't jump to kill all the crows. Any bird can be a host, so then we need to kill all the birds?

Also, I think this should have been posted around town visibly. If it weren't for one of my neighbors who is part of an email group, my entire rental apartment complex would have known nothing about it.

Central Menlo, glad you turned out OK! :)


 +   Like this comment
Posted by TraceyB
a resident of Las Lomitas School
on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Re; The "Crow" Problem.... I have lived here close to 25 years and there have always been crows in the pine trees lining our street. Crows might be bullies but they are an essential part of the eco-system. They eat much of the road kill around here, they eat insects and small snakes. It is important to understand the value of these birds before we advocate their elimination.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Jack
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm

[Removed. Same poster using multiple names.]


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Dani
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 12, 2014 at 12:08 am

[Removed. Same poster using multiple names.]


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Ned
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 12, 2014 at 12:12 am

[Removed. Same poster using multiple names.]


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Peter
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Aug 12, 2014 at 6:33 am

[Removed. Same poster using multiple names.]


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Dave
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 12, 2014 at 7:01 am

[Removed. Same poster using multiple names.]


 +   Like this comment
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 12, 2014 at 7:29 am

Beth
You forgot nannies. All that driving the kids around to and from school, soccer practice, and orthodontic appointments causes unbelievable pollution in addition to the extra pollution caused by the now time free parent driving to tennis game, country club, spa and lunch.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by What are they spraying?
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

The article does not state what they are spraying and what it kills or harms beyond mosquitos. No investigative reporting by this paper.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 12, 2014 at 8:42 am

[Removed. Same poster using multiple names.]


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Seth
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm

[Removed. Same poster using mutiple names.]


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


To post your comment, please click here to Log in

Remember me?
Forgot Password?
or register. This topic is only for those who have signed up to participate by providing their email address and establishing a screen name.

To Cambodia With Love
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 3,467 views

Life in fast forward
By Jessica T | 3 comments | 1,693 views

Medical
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,669 views

My Morning Off
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 1,210 views

Itís Not About The Officer Or The MomóItís About All Of Us
By Erin Glanville | 9 comments | 846 views