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 650-344-5892 for more information or to request fogging in your area.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.