TONIGHT: Mosquito Fogging in Concord

August 19, 2014 16:00 pm · 9 comments


Contra Costa County mosquito control crews will spray an area of Concord tonight with insecticide in an effort to eradicate mosquitoes and prevent the spread of West Nile virus.

The ground fogging is scheduled from about 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in an area of Concord bordered on the north by Pine Creek Way and Whitman Road, on the east by San Simeon Drive, on the south by Treat Boulevard and on the west by Brittany and Bethany lanes.

The fogging will target adult mosquito populations that may be carrying the West Nile virus, according to Contra Costa County Mosquito and Vector Control District officials.

This year, about 10 groups of adult mosquitoes and more than two dozen dead birds and chickens found across the county have tested positive for the virus.

Birds are considered the reservoir for the illness since mosquitoes that feed on them can then go on to bite humans.

So far this year, there has been one person in Contra Costa County confirmed to have the virus.

West Nile virus can cause a range of symptoms including rash, fever, head and body aches, vomiting and nausea, and in rare cases may cause death.

In addition to wearing mosquito repellent, the best line of defense against mosquitoes is to dump or drain standing water, which attracts the insects.

Contra Costa County residents are also encouraged to report neglected swimming pools at (925) 771-6195.

Detailed Info August 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM
Dorothy August 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

It’s a bit windy. I hope they reminded people to close their windows during the fogging.

? August 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

What kind of dangerous chemicals are in the spray?

@ ? August 19, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Shouldn’t you be asking what kinds of dangerous things are in the mosquitoes? You are much more likely to be harmed by a mosquito than a whiff of fog.

Silva August 19, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Do they kill all the insects or just the mosquitos I wonder?

N August 20, 2014 at 12:56 AM

I find it disconcerting that the county can just spray harmful chemicals into the air without any permission from the citizens with no way to stop it. And, the only way you might know about the fogging is if you stumble onto Claycord or some similar site. It’s not like they go door to door informing people the fogging will occur. The research I’ve done shows there is some ill effect on humans.

J August 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM

N – you might not find it too disconcerting if you or your family got west nile virus like my cousin did. Ive done my research too.. And the cars going by on your street probably produce more toxins then they do in a fogging. Do you understand that we the citizens DO give them permission to spray anytime needed.. That is why they are there!

Kris August 24, 2014 at 10:40 PM

They are using a very dangerous chemical. It completely eradicated our bee hives and is dangerous for people too. It is banned in Florida. West Nile virus is common for the whole Mediteranien and is less dangerous than the chemicals we are being sprayed with. It is a farce that also wastes our tax dollars.
Pick your poison people.

Cowellian August 25, 2014 at 9:01 AM

West Nile kills. That makes it a lot more dangerous than fog that makes some people apprehensive.

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