Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District West Nile Virus Plan

PRESS RELEASE#
For Immediate Release

The Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District has a West Nile Virus Plan.

The first West Nile Virus death of 2015 was confirmed on July 20th. It was a senior in Nevada County, CA.

“Our mission is to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare from mosquito borne diseases and so CCMAD has a plan that we have already begun implementing,” according to the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District Board President, Micah Ali.

“We can’t do this alone we need the public’s help to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus,” said Mitchel Weinbaum, General Manager Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District, (CCMAD).
Here is what you can do:
West Nile Virus remains a scourge, but it need not affect your outdoor plans completely. Peak mosquito activity is in the early morning as well as in the evening; wear long sleeve shirts and pants to lessen the opportunity of attracting mosquitoes to your skin.
The Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District urges everyone to check their property for mosquito-breeding sources. Look for any standing water around the house or yard and either remove the water source, or contact the District to inspect and treat the source. Mosquitoes can complete their life cycle in just one week in a water source as small as a bottle cap. This is very important, if you find a dead bird, call the District, (310) 933-5321, as soon as possible. A District representative will collect all viable dead birds and submit them for testing.
• Eliminate any standing water around your house.
• Make sure all window and door screens on your house are in good repair.
• Wear a repellent containing DEET®, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR 3535.

Weinbaum explained that in coordination with the State of California’s Best Management’s Program for Mosquito Control in California, the District uses a 4 step program in its work controlling mosquitoes.

Listed are the 4 steps in order of importance, and the activities that CCMAD performs to support those steps:

1. Public education events:
Numerous school programs taught to 7th grade life science classes
Presentation to the Compton City Council about mosquitoes and WNv
Presentation to the North Long Beach homeowners association
Numerous presentations to local block clubs
The District’s Mosquito Awareness Day with more than 300 attendees
Three Town Hall meetings with local residents with a power point presentation and a Q and A session
Presentation to Compton City workers
An informational flyer was designed and mailed to all residences in the District informing them of the dangers of mosquitoes and WNv
News article in the local newspaper informing residents of WNv

2. Source reduction:
Helping residents dump and/or drain any standing water on their property
Sweeping, where applicable, stagnant water on city streets
Clearing debris from catch basins and box drains so that water can flow
Clearing debris from the Compton Creek to ensure continuous water flow

3. Biological control:
The District places mosquito-fish in areas of the District where standing water cannot be removed to eat any mosquito larva that might occur there.

4. Chemical Control:
The District’s employees are State certified pesticide applicators that safely apply both federally and State approved, target-specific pesticides to treat mosquito larva in stagnant water.
The District mostly sprays the material only in the stagnant water that exists along the District’s street gutters and catch basins; this is where almost the entire mosquito breeding in the District occurs.

Please know that you can contact the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District with questions about mosquito control. Call our office: (310) 933-5321

Contact:
Mitchel R. Weinbaum,
General Manager,
Compton Creek MAD
Office – (310) 933-5321
Cell – (310) 525-9780

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