To minimize the spread of West Nile Virus, the Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District announced it will begin ultra-low volume spraying throughout the Yuba-Sutter area starting later this month.
Areas that will receive spraying include Wheatland, Plumas Lake, Olivehurst, Linda, Marysville, south Yuba City, Live Oak, Sutter, Tierra Buena, Meridian and Robbins. Spraying will typically occur on Thursday evenings, aside from Meridian and Robbins, which will be sprayed on Wednesday evenings. The first application of the year is scheduled to take place on June 27.
All pesticide applications are predicated on mosquito abundance, disease activity and favorable weather conditions, and will be carried out using pickup mounted foggers starting around sunset and continuing up to 2 ours, according to a public service announcement.
Agricultural areas will be treated with ground fogging Monday through Thursday evenings starting this week. Certain agricultural areas – west of Yuba City, east of Olivehurst/Plumas Lake and north of Marysville – may see aerial application. Aircraft will be a yellow and blue striped Air Tractor or a white Cessna Skymaster flying at approximately 300 feet.
The application period will go until the fall when there is a drop in the mosquito population and disease activity. Chemicals used will include a combination of insecticides including Pyrethrins, Pyrethroids and Naled – all registered by the Environmental Protection Agency.