News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information regarding spraying to fight the mosquitoes.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information regarding spraying to fight the mosquitoes.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the spraying in our community to fight the mosquitoes who are biting our community of Needles, California.

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** As of 11:00pm PT on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015: **

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– News Update!!: Needles, CA: Spraying down the mosquitoes.

As well all have been hoping for, the mosquitoes were sprayed down on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 around Needles, California after people in this community got sick and tired of being attacked by these mosquitoes.

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Before the spraying for mosquitoes begun, notices of the spraying were placed in the locations where the spraying will be happening, including at Ed Parry Park, River Edge Golf Course, and Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California

Vector Control from the San Bernardino County’s Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services, began their spraying or “fogging” of areas around schools, parks, baseball fields, golf courses, and other locations where there have seen swarm of mosquitoes.

The spraying for mosquitoes took place in the morning around the schools in Needles, California.

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Later, the spraying for mosquitoes moved to the area of Ed Parry Park, River Edge Golf Course, Jack Smith Memorial Park, and Needles Marina R.V. Park in Needles, California where some mosquito were earlier flying around and even bite ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez near some standing water well taking pictures and videos of the spraying for mosquitoes.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles, CA: 10-21-2015: Before Spraying for Mosquitoes.

More mosquitoes were seen along the muddy beach area of the Colorado River near the River Edge Golf Course and Needles Marina R.V. Park as well as later along the entry way into Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was there to capture the spraying as it was happening near the baseball field at Ed Parry Park, around River Edge Golf Course, and along the channel area and vegetation area along the entry away into Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California.

** Videos from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Needles, CA: 10-21-2015: Spraying for Mosquitoes. (Ed Parry Park):

– Needles, CA: 10-21-2015: Spraying for Mosquitoes: Part 2. (Jack Smith Memorial Park):

– Needles, CA: 10-21-2015: Spraying for Mosquitoes: Part 3. (Jack Smith Memorial Park):

ZachNews asked Supervising Environmental Health Specialist Jennifer Osorio, R.E.H.S. of San Bernadino County’s Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services, Mosquito and Vector Control Program about some of the question the community would like to know about.

** Here are their responses to ZachNews questions: **

**** (More questions are being asked and answers are coming soon): ****

1: What chemical is being used in Needles, California and are they harmful to people and can the chemical be sprayed into the Colorado River?

“The chemical that was used in the City of Needles on10/21/15 is Pyrenone 25-5. We advise people to stay indoors and avoid direct contact with the spray. We follow all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines when using this chemical, including guidelines about spraying around bodies of water. Please visit their website for more information http://www2.epa.gov/pesticides” said Jennifer Osorio, R.E.H.S.

2: Do you spray the Bureau of Land Management and Tribal Lands?

We spray in areas where we are given permission.” said Jennifer Osorio, R.E.H.S.

3: What kind of mosquitoes is Vector Control finding and are they because of the storm or fires?

The species of mosquito that has been found in Needles is Aedes vexans (Flood Water Mosquitoes) and Aedes nigromaculis (Irrigated Pasture Mosquitoes). These species typically breeding in irrigated pastures and areas that are prone to flooding. Both of these mosquito species commonly arise from seasonal rains.” said Jennifer Osorio, R.E.H.S.

4:What should people do to protect themselves and their families?

A. Drain or Dump – Remove all standing water around your property where mosquitos lay eggs such as birdbaths, old tires, pet watering dishes, buckets, or even clogged gutters.

B. Clean and scrub any container with stored water to remove possible eggs.

C. Dress – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts whenever you are outdoors to avoid mosquito bites.

d. DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET, PICARDIN, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to manufacturer’s directions.

e. Doors – Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitos from entering your home.” said Jennifer Osorio, R.E.H.S.

5: When will we spray again?

We will spray as needed to reduce the adult mosquito population and will assess the area after today’s treatment.” said Jennifer Osorio, R.E.H.S.

6: Who is the San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control Program working with and how long will we be in town?

We have been in contact with the City Manager’s Office during this process. Technicians will be out in Needles today 10/21/15 and are in the area weekly treating mosquito breeding sites and conducting surveillance activities.” said Jennifer Osorio, R.E.H.S.

7: How often do we trap and test for mosquitoes? Does this last all year? Is there WNV in the area?

We trap mosquitoes on a weekly basis throughout the warmer months of the year. We have various indicators that we use to test for WNV on a biweekly schedule. To date, we have not received any positive WNV indicators in the City of Needles.” said Jennifer Osorio, R.E.H.S.

8: Who is paying for the spraying?

All funding for the spraying comes from a Benefit Assessment.” said Jennifer Osorio, R.E.H.S.

We all hope that the spraying helped to fight off the mosquitoes and soon we can enjoy the Colorado River and being outside again.

 

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** As of 4:27pm PT on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015: **

– A statement from the City of Needles and City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget, M.D. regarding the City of Needles Informed of County Vector Control Local Spraying of Mosquitoes was release to the media.

** The statement from the City of Needles and City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget reads the following: **

“Today, Jason Phillippe of the Department of Public Health informed the City that the County will post notices throughout the City announcing their intent to ground spray high impact areas of mosquito infestation beginning tomorrow. The County will apply an EPA approved pesticide on outdoor recreation areas such as school grounds, parks, play grounds, ball fields, and golf course. Additionally they will focus on low lying areas where ponding might form as a result the recent rains and they will distribute flyers on preventing mosquito breeding opportunities on private properties and anti-mosquito wipes. Those wishing treatment on private properties should contact (800) 442-2283 or file a request at: http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph/ehsportal/Complaint

“On behalf of the citizens of the Needles community we applaud Supervisor Robert Lovingood and the Vector Control District for their responsiveness to the complaints and requests for assistance”, said Mayor Ed Paget, M.D. Mayor Paget also thanked citizens who contacted the County to assist them in understanding the severity of the problem and indicating areas of high impact. “This is citizen engagement at its finest.”, said Paget.”

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** As of 12:20pm PT on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015: **

– ZachNews has great news for the people of Needles, California who are sick of the mosquitoes biting our community.

According to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services, due to rising numbers of adult mosquitoes in the City of Needles, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS), Mosquito and Vector Control Program (MVCP) will spray pesticide from trucks in the areas listed below beginning on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 from 9:00am to 6:00pm PT if weather permits.

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San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services added, “Very low application rates of the pesticide Pyrenone 25-5 are needed to control mosquitos. Given the low application rate that will be sprayed, adverse health effects are not expected. Should individuals feel they are experiencing effects from the spraying they should contact a health professional. DEHS advises persons to stay indoors during the ground spraying of pesticides and avoid direct contact with the spray.”

For additional information regarding Pyrenone 25-5 and other mosquito control products, please see the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPS) website at:

http://www2.epa.gov/pesticides

Please note that the application may be delayed as a result of unfavorable weather conditions (i.e., rain, high winds) or equipment malfunction.

For more up-to-date information on the spraying activities, please call the MVCP at: 1 (800) 442-2283.

Earlier, City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. confirms to ZachNews that spraying for mosquitoes in Needles, California will begin at 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson also confirmed to ZachNews the 1:00pm PT time that City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. told ZachNews in front of the Needles Administration Building in Downtown Needles, California on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson posted to his Facebook page the press release talking about the spraying for mosquitoes in Needles, California.

** The City of Needles Press Release reads the following: **

“City of Needles News Release:

San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control will immense truck style fogging within the City of Needles tomorrow afternoon as soon as the required 24 hour notice to the public is given. The County will soon be issuing their own media release along with the City of Needles. The spraying will take place at all areas of recreation including but not limited to the following; City Parks, Ball fields, schools and golf course. They will be making house to house contact in these area and posting bulletin flyers.

It is thanks to all of you, along with Supervisor Lovingood and staff that this issue is being addressed. So I urge all property owners to call and have their individual properties added to the list to be sprayed within the City and outlining County areas.”

**** Contact Information: ****

Those wishing treatment on private properties should contact: 1 (800) 442-2283.

** Those wishing treatment on private properties can also file a request at the following County of San Bernadino website address: **

http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph/ehsportal/Complaint

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** As of 9:40am PT on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015: **

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson has been contacted by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert A. Lovingood on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 who said that San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control will be meeting with the City of Needles to do spraying in the community.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson posted the response from San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert A. Lovingood’s Office which reads,

“Great news Needles residents, our persistence and not willing to accept no for an answer is going to pay off. I will post my latest response from Supervisor Lovingoods office. Good morning. We spoke with Vector Control last night and this morning. I understand they are in route to Needles this morning. Raymond from Vector Control will be reaching out to you and plans to arrange a strategy meeting. Vector Control intends on spraying / fogging strategic areas around Needles and will need your help with the required community notifications and outreach strategies. They also are bringing some effective to hand out. Our Community Liaison, Steve Moffitt, has been informed. I f you need his assistance please let me know. Susan Drake First District Supervisor’s office”

Good news after responses from the community wanting to see something done.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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** As of 11:00pm PT on Monday, October 19th, 2015: **

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– These pictures were taken from the Dollar General, located at 10255 Harbor Avenue in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where they are sold out of mosquito spray.

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Just across the street, the Family Dollar, located at 10244 Harbor Avenue in Mohave Valley, Arizona, also sold out of mosquito spray.

Many people in our community are rushing to buying lots of mosquitoes sprays at local stores, from Needles, California to Bullhead City, Arizona, to try to protect themselves from these mosquitoes

The rush on mosquitoes sprays are leaving those stores, like Rite Aid, Walmart, and even the Colorado River Market, all trying to keep the supplies of mosquitoes sprays stocked up, but there has been many reports that many stores, from Needles, California to Bullhead City, Arizona, have sold out of mosquitoes sprays leaving many people searching for mosquitoes sprays.

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** As of 6:02pm PT on Monday, October 19th, 2015: **

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson posted his response on behalf of my friends, family and neighbors to Supervisor Lovingood’s Chief of Staff Susan Drake minutes ago which reads, “Hello again Susan, I have received the response from San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control Program. I am requesting as an elected representative for the residents of Needles that MVCP spray all of our City Parks, Fields and School areas. I have informed my constituents that they can feel free to call the County’s Vector Control Department to have their residences and businesses sprayed to levitate any infestation they may have. I would hope if this infestation fails to decrease that the County will take a different approach to resolving this issue.”

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** As of 5:26pm PT on Monday, October 19th, 2015: **

– Regarding if the County of San Bernardino are or are not spraying, Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews, “Only areas with freestanding water and residents who call vector control personally to have their homes sprayed. I am in the process of sending a response to Supervisor Lovingood’s office to request they spray all of our city parks, fields and or school areas.”

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** As of 4:10pm PT on Monday, October 19th, 2015: **

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson posted what was sent to San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert A. Lovingood and his assistant which reads,

“The San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control Program (MVCP) has noticed an increase in mosquito activity in the Needles area. The primary mosquito species trapped and identified in the said location is the Aedes vexans (Inland Floodwater Mosquito) and Aedes nigromaculis (Irrigated Pasture Mosquito). Both of these mosquitos species commonly arise from seasonal rains. Their eggs can lay dormant in the desert environment until flood water is introduced which makes it very difficult to pretreat. This recent rise in mosquito population corresponds to our recent monsoonal rains. These floodwater mosquitos are not known to transmit disease such as West Nile Virus but may still cause annoyance as they seek a blood meal. The MVCP anticipates the current mosquito populations will diminish rapidly over the coming weeks. Additionally, the Needles area has not shown any positive indicators of WNV this year. The MCVP will continue to monitor this situation and treat all known water sources to keep the mosquito population as low as possible. Since, the mosquito species identified do not transmit human disease and the Needles area has not shown signs of positive WNV we would advise against truck or aerial adulticiding. However, we will provide site specific adulticiding with customer consent. Additionally we will talk to clerical staff and ensure customers can speak to the Program Technicians and or Supervisor so we have an opportunity to educate and inform our customers (Mr. Gudmundson) of our efforts. With your approval we will contact both Stephanie Jones and Shawn Gudmundson and advise them on our findings and what the program is doing to reduce mosquito numbers in the Needles area. To my friends, family and Needles residents. I urge you to call the County Mosquito and Vector Control Program to have your residences and businesses sprayed. The more we have sprayed the better chances to reduce our mosquito population overall as a whole. I also suggest you all continue to contact both Mosquito and Vector Control Program and Supervisors Lovinggoods office. Sincerely Shawn Gudmundson”

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1929306370628162&id=1688973201328148

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** As of 11:48am PT on Monday, October 19th, 2015: **

– Posting to his Facebook page, Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson wrote, “It has been brought to my attention San Bernardino County does not plan on conducting any fogging or spraying to fight our mosquito infestation problem. I justplaced a call to our County Supervisor liaison Steve Moffitt to inform him of my dissatisfaction. He is placing an immediate call to Mr. Lovingood’s office to discuss the matter. I also have spoken to Mr. Daniels our City manager to draft a letter and have our Mayor sign and send over to the County. I urge all concerned residents to call or email Mr. Lovingood’s office.”

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1929306370628162&id=1688973201328148

Later, Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson wrote, “It reads, Thank you for reaching out to our office. We are currently I’m communication with Vector Control / Environmental Health concerning this issue. We hope to have information soon.”

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson added, “I will post their response that was given to Mrs. Jones and myself shortly. We still need to put pressure on our Supervisors and Vector Control.”

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** Resident are urged to call or email San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert A. Lovingood’s Office at the following contacts: **

By Phone:

1 (760) 995- 8114

1 (909) 387-4830

By Email:

supervisorlovingood@bos.sbcounty.gov

You can email Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson and I will forward it.

** Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson Email: **

councilmembergudmundson@yahoo.com

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** As of 3:28pm PT on Saturday, October 17th, 2015: **

– News Update!!: Needles, CA: Spraying for mosquitoes will begin next week.

https://zachnews.net/2015/10/17/news-update-needles-ca-spraying-for-mosquitoes-will-begin-next-week/

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** As of 12:14pm PT on Thursday, October 15th, 2015: **

– News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Mosquitoes biting on our community.

https://zachnews.net/2015/10/15/news-alert-needles-ca-mosquitoes-biting-on-our-community/

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**** Safety Tips Regarding Mosquitoes: ****

**** Here are some safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on protecting yourself from mosquito bites: ****

– Wear insect repellent: Yes! It is safe. When used as directed, insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself from mosquito bites—even children and pregnant women should protect themselves. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer lasting protection.

– DEET: Products containing DEET include Cutter, OFF!, Skintastic.

– Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin): Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan outside the United States).

– Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD: Products containing OLE include Repel and Off! Botanicals.

– IR3535: Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart.

** Which mosquito repellents work best?: **

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing.

Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.

EPA registration means that EPA does not expect the product to cause adverse effects to human health or the environment when used according to the label.

** How often should repellent be reapplied?: **

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, repellents containing a higher percentage of the active ingredient typically provide longer-lasting protection. Regardless of what product you use, if you start to get mosquito bites, reapply the repellent according to the label instructions.

** What precautions should I follow when using repellents?: **

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label. EPA recommends the following when using insect repellents:

– Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label). Do not apply repellents under your clothing.

– Never use repellents over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

– Do not apply to eyes or mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using repellent sprays, do not spray directly on your face—spray on your hands first and then apply to your face.

– Do not allow children to handle or spray the product. When using on children, apply to your own hands first and then put it on the child. Avoid applying repellent to children’s hands because children frequently put their hands in their eyes and mouths.

– Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Heavy application does not give you better or longer lasting protection.

– After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe. This is particularly important when repellents are used repeatedly in a day or on consecutive days.

– If you (or your child) get a rash or other reaction from a repellent, stop using the repellent, wash the repellent off with mild soap and water, and call a local poison control center for further guidance. If you go to a doctor, it might be helpful to take the repellent with you.

** Can insect repellents be used on children?: **

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Yes. Most products can be used on children. Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not to be used on children under the age of three years. EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for using registered repellents on children other than those listed above.

** Can insect repellents be used by pregnant or nursing women?: **

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Yes. EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for repellent use by pregnant or nursing women.

** More safety information tips regarding mosquitoes and West Nile Virus are at the following website addresses: **

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Safety Tips):

http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes/

http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html

**** Here are some safety tips from the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health on what you can do to help control the spread of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus around your property: ****

– Keep pools/spas filtered, cleaned, and chlorinated.

– Report neglected or abandoned pools and spas.

– Routinely check and empty containers with water in them. Turn them upside down to prevent water build up.

– Discard water in bird baths weekly.

– Place mosquito fish in ponds, fountains etc.

– Remove excess vegetation from your property.

– Ensure all septic tank covers are tightly in place.

– Clean out rain gutters to prevent water pooling.

– Don’t over water lawns and remove standing water from low areas on your property.

– Repair any leaking plumbing fixtures.

** More safety information tips regarding mosquitoes and West Nile Virus are at the following website addresses: **

– County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health (Safety Tips):

http://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/dph/dehs/depts/vectorcontrol/WestNileVirusImportantFactsandSafetyTips.pdf

**** Contact Information: ****

If you have a problem with mosquitoes, please call the Mosquito and Vector Control Program at: 1 (800) 442-2283.

For more information regarding mosquitoes and West Nile Virus as well as what are the symptoms of West Nile Virus and safety tips regarding mosquitoes at the following website addresses:

– County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health:

http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph/dehs/Depts/VectorControl/mosquito_and_vector_control_home.aspx

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html

http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/symptoms/

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. ****

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