With more rain comes more mosquitoes, it seems. In recent reports from the SF Examiner, the Mosquito Abatement Courier team is bracing itself for many more mosquitoes than in recent years. The intermittent storms plaguing the Bay Area this spring have created the perfect ecosystem for raising mosquitoes, as there is more stagnant water between storms.
Mosquito technicians usually treat the marshlands two to four times a season but that number has quickly increased to five or six. Another added bonus of the mosquitoes’ rise in population is more reported cases of animals being infected with West Nile virus.
So far, thirteen birds have been killed by it in Santa Clara County. In recent years, numbers have been quite low for reported cases of the virus so the San Francisco Department of Public Health is planning accordingly. Teams have been deployed city-wide to treat stagnant water on public property.